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Olivia, my eldest daughter, caught measles when she was seven years old. As the illness took its usual course I can remember reading to her often in bed and not feeling particularly alarmed about it. Then one morning, when she was well on the road to recovery, I was sitting on her bed showing her how to fashion little animals out of coloured pipe-cleaners, and when it came to her turn to make one herself, I noticed that her fingers and her mind were not working together and she couldn’t do anything.

“Are you feeling all right?” I asked her.

“I feel all sleepy, ” she said.

In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead.

The measles had turned into a terrible thing called measles encephalitis and there was nothing the doctors could do to save her.

That was twenty-four years ago in 1962, but even now, if a child with measles happens to develop the same deadly reaction from measles as Olivia did, there would still be nothing the doctors could do to help her.

On the other hand, there is today something that parents can do to make sure that this sort of tragedy does not happen to a child of theirs. They can insist that their child is immunised against measles. I was unable to do that for Olivia in 1962 because in those days a reliable measles vaccine had not been discovered. Today a good and safe vaccine is available to every family and all you have to do is to ask your doctor to administer it.

It is not yet generally accepted that measles can be a dangerous illness.

Believe me, it is. In my opinion parents who now refuse to have their children immunised are putting the lives of those children at risk.

In America, where measles immunisation is compulsory, measles like smallpox, has been virtually wiped out.

Here in Britain, because so many parents refuse, either out of obstinacy or ignorance or fear, to allow their children to be immunised, we still have a hundred thousand cases of measles every year.

Out of those, more than 10,000 will suffer side effects of one kind or another.

At least 10,000 will develop ear or chest infections.

About 20 will die.

LET THAT SINK IN.

Every year around 20 children will die in Britain from measles.

So what about the risks that your children will run from being immunised?

They are almost non-existent. Listen to this. In a district of around 300,000 people, there will be only one child every 250 years who will develop serious side effects from measles immunisation! That is about a million to one chance. I should think there would be more chance of your child choking to death on a chocolate bar than of becoming seriously ill from a measles immunisation.

So what on earth are you worrying about?

It really is almost a crime to allow your child to go unimmunised.

Roald Dahl, 1986

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TEAM VACCINE

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NINETEEN EIGHTY SIX.

roald dahl was calling out the anti-vaccination movement as self indulgent bullshit //thirty god damn years ago//.

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Over 1,000 preventable deaths and 128,000 preventable illnesses since 2007 and counting

And this is only in recent history. I can’t imagine the numbers if we had data all the way back to 1986.

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I do not understand how people can choose NOT to vaccinate. (The link between autism & vaccines was a hoax, people. It’s been redacted by the people who originally posted their “research”.) Also, not vaccinating your kids puts ALL OF OUR KIDS (and immunosuppressed adults) in danger!!

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smatter:

guys read the fine print its hilarious

THAT POOR LUCHA LIBRE LIONFISH

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queerbot22:

if you slim down characters to make them ‘sexier’ in your fanart, we can’t be friends

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YAY! I’m exhausted as fuck, but I finally saw Captain America: Winter Soldier! MY HEART! MY FEEEEEELS!

During a game of ‘Sibling-wed,’ it’s revealed that Chris once tricked his younger brother (Scott) into peeing his pants. x

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I WILL LITERALLY ALWAYS REBLOG THIS

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Ah! I just spent $80 on the modcloth app (with the 10% off code HAPPY)! I got the pink Try Out Your Wings Top in a 3X, the Cafe Parfait top in Noir in the recommended sized up 4X (AH! I GOT THE LAST ONE!), and the ‘Bills and Corns Wallet on the recommendation of it making my 6yr old niece Julia gasp in wonder. The top right picture is the model, but the picture in the middle from the Style Gallery is what decided the purchase for me!

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only take the best

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superbooked:

i want to open a book store that is 24 hours and people can finally go out at like 2am and be like “i just finished the first book in the series i need the next one stat” or if people are just having a stressful night and want to be surrounded by books

My favorite part about this post is that someone understands that it’s calming to be surrounded by books

a book nightclub.

read responsibly.

Someone make this happen pls.

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abrotion:

gay marriage is only legal in 18 countries but being gay is a crime in 83 countries like i’d literally be breaking the law just by LIVING in 83 countries in the world but yeah go on tell me again how “homophobia isn’t even a big deal anymore” thanks

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Ellen is smooth as fuck.

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A New Adventure, pt. 5

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