Anti-vaccination views now affect household pets

Not only are anti-vaccination views affecting humans, pet owners are deciding not to immunize their dogs and cats. According to The New York Post, pet owners in Brooklyn are forgoing vaccinations of their canines and felines for fear they could catch autism.

One veterinarian who was interviewed said that she has at least one pet owner who declines vaccinating their pet, stating they tend to hold holistic views. But despite fears, just like there is no proof of vaccines causing autism in humans, there no evidence of autism in cats and dogs due to immunization.

However, vaccinating your pet also helps protect you too. For example, a lyme disease vaccine exists for animals and if your dog or cat gets infected, you could get lyme disease too. The lack of vaccination among pets can also lead to the revival of other deadly diseases, like rabies, as well.

The Council on Foreign Relations has an interactive online map that tracks global outbreaks of measles, mumps, whooping cough, polio, rubella, and other diseases that are easily preventable by inexpensive and effective vaccines.

The anti-vaccine movement is an outgrowth of the environmentalist movement. Aside from a lack of vaccination among some immigrant groups, this is another avenue where humans can be eradicated from the planet by spreading deadly diseases via infected animals.

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