May 26, 2017, Washington Post: Imams in U.S. take on the anti-vaccine movement during Ramadan
By Lena Sun
Minnesota health officials are working closely with faith leaders in an unprecedented effort to spread the message that parents should get their children vaccinated and keep them home if they show symptoms of the disease. It’s the first time that imams in the United States have taken such an active role in a public health crisis, health officials and Somali Americans said.
The imams are up against the anti-vaccine movement, which in recent years has with misinformation linking the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine to autism, a claim that . Somali American children in Minnesota had a vaccination rate of 92 percent in 2004, higher than the state average, but that rate has dropped to 42 percent, leaving children vulnerable to disease.
I guess the Imams aren't supposed to pay attention to the Somali parents who say their child was fine until they were vaccinated. And as far as that one in every 32 Somali kids with autism that no one can reasonably explain, you just need a blue light.
I recently wrote about Lena Sun, who considers the horrific autism about average and nothing to worry about.
So, if imams can sell vaccines, can we expect to hear from rabbis, priests, and ministers too? (The Pope is onboard as we saw from his trip to Mexico where he was shown administering an oral polio vaccine.)
Pope Francis gives a vaccine to a boy held by Mexico's first lady Angelica Rivera during a visit to the Federico Gomez Children's Hospital (CNS)