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Anti-Vaccine Conspiracy Theories Help Spread Preventable Diseases in US

Karen Good is suing Coshocton County Memorial Hospital in Coshocton, Ohio because the facility fired her for not getting a flu shot.

In her lawsuit, the former registered nurse supervisor claims her employment was wrongfully terminated after she refused to get a flu vaccination (including H1N1, influenza A and influenza B) in Fall 2013 based on religious beliefs.

According to the Coshocton Tribune, Good's $75,000 lawsuit states that she is a “practicing Christian with sincerely held religious beliefs” was denied an exemption for the flu shot in October 2013.

There's no verse in the Bible forbidding vaccinations, but Good's case is a striking example of a trend among many Americans refusing vaccinations, which is resulting in the spread of disease.

The flu has causes several deaths in America because many Americans are refusing flu shots.

In addition to the flu, measles, thought to be eradicated in 2000, is making a comeback, as are other diseases.

The Council on Foreign Relations has created a map (above) which shows vaccine-preventable outbreaks across the globe.

On the map, red dots represent measles, green dots are whooping cough, brown dots are the mumps and orange is polio. According to the map, measles and whooping cough are spreading in the US.

Whooping cough recently spread across California because of patient paranoia about vaccines, noted USA Today in 2013.

The Incidental Economist reports that both measles and mumps can be prevented with the MMR vaccine.

However, there have been conspiracy theories that the MMR vaccine somehow causes autism based on a debunked 1998 report.

According to the CDC, a whopping 80 percent of measles cases in 2013 happened because Americans cited “philosophical differences” with the MMR vaccine, noted CBS News.

"Clusters of people with like-minded beliefs leading them to forgo vaccines can leave them susceptible to outbreaks when measles is imported from elsewhere," Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told CBS News last year. "This is an extraordinarily contagious virus."

Sources: CBS News, The Incidental Economist, USA Today, Council on Foreign Relations, Coshocton Tribune,


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