This map shows where preventable diseases have cases around the world. Africa is no surprise, unfortunately, considering the limited access and funds for vaccines, but a few surprises can be found on the map, specifically in the U.S. and Europe. The deep-purple circles show measles outbreaks—entirely preventable with the MMR vaccine. The vaccine was previously connected to autism, but that evidence was swiftly debunked and all proof was discredited. And yet the association still persists.
Then there are the bright-green bubbles detailing where whooping cough is popping up. Again, it's also preventable by a common vaccine. The whooping cough vaccine is actually legally required, however parents can elect to not have their child vaccinated because of their beliefs. However, because of these "non-medical exemptions," others are suffering, and outbreaks are occurring.
Scary when you can see it so clearly, right? What are your thoughts on vaccinations? Are they a public or private health matter?