A totally preventable disease is making a comeback.
The spread of the disease has brought new scrutiny to anti-vaccine advocates, who choose not to immunize their children for a number of reasons.
The New Yorker has joined many people in criticizing anti-vaccine parents for their decisions with the following cartoon, which was posted to its Facebook page on Monday.
Though the cartoon may be biting and clever, others have warned pro-vaccine voices against polarizing the topic.
Dartmouth College professor Brendan Nyhan wrote in a New York Times op-ed that using alienating language, such as when a UCLA disease specialist called anti-vaccine parents "selfish" and "dumb," could actually "driv[e] people away rather than persuad[e] them."
We know The New Yorker was being smart and satirical with this cartoon. But there's reason to question how many "idiots" it will convince to immunize their kids against measles.
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