Karma is real and it’s chosen a side to support.
Over the past few years, a bad measles outbreak has been occurring in Italy.
The country is the leader in Europe when it comes to the rise of the anti-vax movement. The force of the movement is so strong that it managed to make the government discontinue the law of mandatory childhood vaccination.
However, the voices of reason in Italy’s Ministry of Health has recently won the war. The law will be reimposed.
As proof that not only children but adults, too, need vaccinations, Italian anti-vax politician was hospitalized with chicken pox last week.
Some people thought that it was ironic that he got a disease that could have been kept away with a vaccination. Others were glad that the conversation about the necessity of vaccinations will finally be taken seriously.
But a lot of people also seemed to have held onto incorrect medical information.
Anti-vax supporters are campaigning worldwide for the mandatory vaccines against infectious diseases to become optional.
But healthcare officials in Italy are currently celebrating another victory against the anti-vax movement, says Financial Times.
Last week, Italy brought back the law that requires all children to be vaccinated before they start nursery school.
Italy has the most active anti-vax campaign in Europe.
Some of its senior citizens have even made it official, on paper, that they don’t support the use of vaccinations.
The campaign is so powerful that it managed to get the mandatory vaccination law suspended in 2017 after it was introduced due to rapidly rising cases of measles among unvaccinated children.
However, the fact that the health officials won the law back last week doesn’t mean that another policy reversal won’t happen.
Vaccinations are important for the elimination of a disease in a nation.
The World Health Organisation states that the key to achieving the elimination of a disease is the vaccination of more that 95% of the population.
Without vaccinations, children are at risk.
Financial Times believes that restricting entry to compulsory education is a sensible way to enforce childhood vaccination.
“The people making the choice whether or not to vaccinate are not those who will benefit from the jab but their parents,” they say.
In the U.S., vaccination policies vary widely across the states.
A lot of them allow parents to ask for a “religious exemption.”
But none of the most widely practiced religions actually officially oppose the use of vaccinations.
Others allow a “personal belief” or “philosophical” exemption.
The only way to exempt a child from a mandatory vaccination, Financial Times says, is on medical grounds with strong scientific evidence.
An example would be if a child has an immune system disease that would interact negatively with the vaccine.
They also believe that social media platforms should make sure that scientific misinformation doesn’t go viral.
Facebook and YouTube have already promised to ban ads from sites that “cross medically acceptable boundaries” and reduce their visibility in search results.
As if to reinforce the importance of vaccination, Mother Nature put an Italian anti-vax politician in a hospital earlier this week.
Daily Mail reports that Massimiliano Fedriga, the president of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, and member of the right-wing Northern League party, was ill with chicken pox.
In 2017, he argued against the Lorenzin decree that made childhood vaccination compulsory.
Back then, he said his children were vaccinated, but he believed that this should be a choice.
He also said that “making the 12 vaccinations, which include chickenpox and measles, mandatory was not the best method to convince anti-vaxxers.”
So, naturally, it seems ironic that he’s now spent 4 days in hospital, recovering from chicken pox.
When he was discharged, he wrote on social media, “I’m fine, I’m at home in convalescence and I thank everyone.”
Microbiologist, Roberto Burioni, shared the news on Twitter, saying that hopefully the conversation about adult vaccination will now be taken more seriously.
He also wrote on his website, MedicalFacts, “[Mr. Fedriga], like many adults, did not get vaccinated…”
“If he had been vaccinated as an adult he would be in perfect health,” he added.
“If he had infected a pregnant woman we would be facing a malformed child or an abortion.”
“The only way we have to avoid such tragedies is to vaccinate us all to prevent the circulation of this dangerous virus, which could have hit a much more vulnerable person.”
Mr. Fedriga received a lot of mocking comments from people as a result of his ironic fate.
So he felt he needed to explain:
“I have always said that I am in favor of vaccines and to achieve the result is necessary to form an alliance with families, not impose [it on them].”
He added, “[The critics] even said I would get chicken pox from my children, not realising that my children are vaccinated (as I have stated in many interviews).”
The Lorenzin decree was named after Beatrice Lorenzin, the former health minister who was the one to introduce it.
Italy hasn’t met its 95% recommended vaccination rate.
165 cases of measles were reported in January 2019 alone, according to Daily Mail.
The case of compulsory vaccination was re-opened last month.
It was propelled by an eight-year-old cancer survivor’s case who was “put at risk due to unvaccinated children in his school in Rome.”
You can tell from the comments under Mr. Fedriga’s story that there’s a lot of medical misunderstanding in our culture.
It’s also funny that it was teens and people in their 20s that had to explain the science to the older members of the public.
Carolyn Byrne wrote on Facebook, “Really? So what? Even with the vaccine you will still get Chicken Pox, as well as measles, mumps….”
Then she added, “Stop these misleading headlines! A vaccine DOES NOT prevent you from getting the disease!”
Sierra Rayne replied, “No sweetie. That’s why you get the vaccine early to have your immune system build up this immunity to the diseases.”
“The chances of actually obtaining these diseases AFTER vaccination is very slim. Not saying vaccines eliminate ALL chances of having the disease, but it does put you in a safer environment if you do get the vaccine.”
“I can guarantee you that I’m a vaccinated, healthy teen with no diseases.”
Lindie Ladybird wasn’t as tolerant when she shared her point of view.
“Different ways to say Anti-Vaccine: Pro-plague, Measles monger, Influenza aficionado, Polio promoter, Infanticidal, Virus vector, Contagion creator, Diphtheria distributor, Pox pusher, Epidemic enthusiast.”
Eddyx John D. Ballesteros: “so? after he recovers from that, he’ll be immune for life.”
Carrie Self replied, “true from the chicken pox strain but now the door is open for shingles which is extremely painful and can cause serious complications. I have seen patients go blind from shingles..it’s very sad.”
Here’s another conversation with the same problem.
Cait Carpenter: “It’s just chicken pox for Christ’s sake! We all had it! ”
Porscha Guyton replied, “It’s fatal for adults. What is wrg with u ppl ”
Cait Carpenter: “Yes can be dangerous but so can the flu.”
She later added, “Getting a vaccine for it doesn’t mean you won’t get it as we’ve seen with many outbreaks happening recently.”
Porscha Guyton: “… chicken poxs in adults is far more deadly than the common flu.. So as an adult it’s not just oh it’s chicken poxs. It’s far more serious.”
Porscha also added, “Aw true, even with the vaccine some catch it. I have never, and always had the vaccine .. I’ll rather help prevent it, especially since I have MS which would make chicken pox extremely deadly for [me].”
Kathryn M. Walker replied to Cait, explaining that “outbreaks today are attributed to those not getting vaccinated and high travel of people not vaccinated.”
Andrea Dalton: “I was in hospital for 2 weeks when I got them when I was 21 years old. I had them everywhere in my mouth, eyes, bottom of my feet, ears, and I had a headache for the whole time and they had to do an LP because they thought I had meningitis but put it down to a BAD case of the chicken pox.”
Meanwhile, John Iffland joked, “Thoughts and prayers…. as effective as antivaxx.”
So, to double Jay Joe George Hodgson’s words, “This madness must end!! It’s becoming dangerous now.”