Suzanne Elvidge:

A fantastic piece of sensible, rational writing. Do read it.

Originally posted on Violent metaphors:

In light of recent outbreaks of measles and other vaccine preventable illnesses, and the refusal of anti-vaccination advocates to acknowledge the problem, I thought it was past time for this post.

Dear parents,

You are being lied to. The people who claim to be acting in the best interests of your children are putting their health and even lives at risk.

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