Today would have been Dana’s first birthday.
Unfortunately, she died when she was four weeks old of pertussis (whooping cough), a vaccine-preventable disease. Dana was too young to be vaccinated, but it is likely that she would never have caught it if older children in her area had been adequately vaccinated.
She is dead because some people put unfounded fears above real medicine.
Vaccines work. Without vaccines, children die. Don’t put your children at risk. Don’t put other people’s children at risk. Don’t put my children at risk. For goodness’ sake, vaccinate.
(Thanks to Phil Plait for the reminder.)