Source: BootseicatandI, “Just sent a letter to my state rep pretty excited.” Imgur. 29 October 2013
Laura Radigan: Pretty Proud of Myself
I just sent this letter to my state senate representative. I am pretty excited right about now
Dear Mr. Phil Bartlett,
My name is Lauren Radigan and I am emailing you today with a growing concern about our state’s health and safety. I have lived in Scarborough, Maine since the age of 12 and am now a 25 year old resident. Nine months ago I gave birth to my first daughter Mariah Rose Cowie. When I first gave birth I was asked to join several mom groups on Facebook. The mothers of one group believe in attachment parenting, organic foods and products, babywearing, and most importantly, and to my great surprise, not vaccinating their children. Before I became a mother I had no idea that parents were actually choosing to NOT vaccinate their children. When I learned there were many mothers making this decision I became intrigued and decided to do some research on my own. What I found terrified me, due to these mothers who refuse to vaccinate, diseases that were once completely eradicated in America have come back. The measles for example which was believed to have been eradicated in the year 2000 has made a huge comeback. In the year 2011 there were 222 cases reported, and from January 1st to August 24thof this year there have already been 159 cases. If this trend continues it is expected that 2013 will have the highest rate of measles in 17 years. As a mother whose child is currently too young to receive the measles vaccination this absolutely petrifies me, because if my daughter is infected she will have to be hospitalized and could possibly die.
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Source: Laura Radigan, “Pretty Proud of Myself.”
29 October 2013
Source of Photograph: Child infected with smallpox. Bangladesh, 1973.
Because of vaccines, smallpox has been eradicated.
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