Anti-Vaccination Messages with Your Treats?
the MPR take:
An anti-vaccination organization is encouraging parents to distribute candy this Halloween with stickers placed on the treats warning about the alleged risks of vaccination. A post on the National Vaccine Information Center’s Facebook page showcases candies with stickers promoting the Center, which is “dedicated to the prevention of vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and to defending the informed consent ethic.” Many vaccination supporters voiced their concerns and cited other groups like the World Health Organization, which supports the use of vaccines to reduce the burden of infectious diseases. In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics has found that routine childhood immunization among the 2009 U.S. birth cohort could prevent as many as 42,000 early deaths and 20 million cases of disease at a net savings of $13.5 billion in direct costs and $68.8 billion in total societal costs, respectively. Some critics of the Center even state that there is a greater threat than vaccinations this Halloween– that is, potential cavities from heavy sugar consumption.
On one end of the Halloween candy spectrum are full-sized candy bars and the unsuspecting, if naïve, “Please take one” bowl.