Last week, Andrew Wakefield traveled to Minneapolis to meet with Somali parents. It was a closed door meeting. No media allowed. But I think we can safely assume that he wasn’t there to do good deeds. Not in the middle of a measles outbreak. Not when the outbreak is centralized in the Somali community. Not when a disproportionate number of measles cases have been Somali children.
It looks suspiciously like Andrew Wakefield traveled to Minneapolis to assure parents that there was no need to vaccinate. While their children were being hospitalized, Andrew Wakefield was there to tell them not to protect themselves, not to protect their babies, not to protect their community. Andrew Wakefield was there to assure Somali parents that yes, vaccinating is worse than the measles.
Likely, the Undoctor was trying to protect his work. Because this measles outbreak is his own magnum opus. The Minnesota Department of Public health announced today that this outbreak is directly related to his hoax study linking vaccines and autism.
Bravo, Wakefield! It takes a lot of strength to infiltrate an immigrant community and convince them to put their babies at risk of death to help you sell more books. I assume you will be donating a percentage of the proceeds from those sales to help children who have been hospitalized and the families of children who have died from preventable infectious diseases? No?
Good news… good-ish news, anyway. The good guys are on the scene.
I’ve made a commitment to save the world. For the past week, I’ve been in contact with the Minnesota Department of Health, and I am working with them to see if the Hug Me campaign can help with outreach. You will be updated with information on how you can help us reach out to the Somali community.
Children should not be hospitalized with a disease that should be eradicated. Not in an industrialized nation. Not on our watch.