What would happen if the world stopped vaccinating for preventable illnesses? A short documentary uploaded by “What If” on Facebook answers this poignant question. The video provides a sneak peek into a world where diseases would run rampant, and the most vulnerable would die.
“What If” is a documentary series that takes views through hypothetical worlds and possibilities. Their YouTube channel has more than 244,000 subscribers and hosts 82 scientific videos. The show is produced by Underworld based out of Toronto, Canada.
The about section of their YouTube provides this description:
“What If: These two simple words are the spark that has ignited countless theories, discoveries, and inventions. Most of what we know about ourselves and the universe is because someone, somewhere, at some time asked themselves “What if?”
Join us on an imaginary adventure — grounded in scientific theory — through time, space and chance, as we ask what if some of the most fundamental aspects of our existence were different.”
One of their most recent videos takes viewers on a 4-minute journey through a world without vaccines. We have all heard people say,
“Vaccines cause Autism.”
“There are so many toxins in vaccines.”
“I want to control what is put into my child’s body.”
With so many people believing that vaccination is a personal choice, many people fail to realize the impact of their decisions.
The video helps viewers understand that not vaccinating affects the entire community. Viewers are reminded that vaccines help protect the most vulnerable people in our communities from contracting preventable diseases.
Social media has created a world where misinformation spreads rapidly. Due to the misinformation, people wrongly believe that vaccines are not safe. However, the video shows viewers that the world without vaccines would be far more dangerous. A world without vaccines would pose a considerable threat to the health and survival of infants and children.
Misinformation is not the only reason people opt not to vaccinate. The producers say that many people are ignorant to the severity of the diseases or how much the diseases can impact people in society.
A few statistics provided in the film outline the impact on our community:
- 48,000 hospitalizations due to the measles per year
- Over 500 deaths from the measles each year
- 10,000 hospitalizations from chicken pox
- 71 deaths from the chicken pox each year
Watch below and step into a world without vaccines:
*Katie Joy is a columnist and hosts Without A Crystal Ball on Patheos Non-Religious Channel. She writes articles on parenting, disability advocacy, debunking pseudoscience, atheism, and crimes against women and children.
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