A vaccine ruined this woman’s life, but she’s still pro-vaccine

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As anti-vaxxers continue to threaten the public health with their crusade against vaccinations, one woman decided to tell her story to inspire people around the globe to vaccinate despite being struck by a severe side-effect of a vaccine for tetanus and diphtheria.

In December 2014, a major measles outbreak occurred after a person with the virus infected others at Disneyland in California, resulting in 147 cases through February 2015. Later that summer, a woman in Washington state became the first American in 12 years to die from measles, a virus that had been declared wiped out in this country back in 2000.

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Many measles cases are a result of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children, leaving them vulnerable to contracting the virus and passing it on to others who also are not vaccinated or to older individuals whose previous vaccination has worn off over time.

The reason why the MMR vaccine exists is to save lives from a disease that once claimed the lives of millions, but anti-vaxxers believe the vaccine causes autism or are scared of real possible side-effects that are very rare. The problem is that not vaccinating our children weakens the overall herd immunity and once that starts to unravel, the population as a whole is threatened.

Unfortunately the anti-vaxxer movement is growing, and even President Donald Trump appears to support their cause even though countless medical professionals and scientists say vaccines are safe and are necessary to prevent deadly diseases from returning.

But if anti-vaxxers won’t believe doctors, perhaps they’ll listen to Tiffany Yonts, a woman in California who bravely continues to advocate in favor of vaccinations despite being significantly harmed by one at the age of 14, when her life changed forever after developing Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a debilitating auto-immune disease.

She told her story in the following Twitter thread:

Yonts could have become a skeptic of vaccines and could have joined the anti-vaxxer movement as the face of their cause. But she didn’t. Instead, she understands that vaccines save millions of lives compared to the rare few such as herself who have truly horrific experiences after being vaccinated. And by sharing her story, Yonts is inspiring parents to vaccinate their kids, therefore saving lives, too.

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