There is now a measles outbreak in New York. A whole ward of cancer patients currently undergoing chemotherapy have been exposed to it. Imagine fighting cancer for years only to die because some jackass didn’t vaccinate their brat and you caught measles.
More than likely, this isn’t JUST because of that.
It’s also because herd immunity among adults (who make up the majority of the victims in previous measles outbreaks, like the one in Arizona) is incredibly low. Adults who do not get their boosters or maintain their vaccinations into adulthood are in JUST AS MUCH DANGER of contracting measles than those who aren’t vaccinated at all in addition to being capable of being carriers for the disease if they don’t get sick from it. THAT is how this is spreading and becoming an issue. Yes, people should vaccinate their children but ADULTS need to vaccinate, too and it’s very clear that they aren’t given that they are making up the majority of the victims in these measles outbreaks. Which is also really bad because measles is much, much more dangerous in adults than in children (like chickenpox).
When was the last time you got an MMR booster? If you’re between the ages of 19 and 50, the CDC recommends getting at least two boosters for the MMR vaccine in that time frame.
5. “Racist writing is a craft failure.”
Kwame Dawes pointed this out at AWP. I’ve quoted it before, and it bears repeating again and again. We talk about these issues like they are a moral/political issue alone, but stereotypes are clichés. If you write them, whether characters, plot points, or contextual cues, you are writing some shit that has been done again and again. It’s boring and you can do better.
I agree with Daniel José Older on most things. (via route9litmag)