Monday, February 2, 2015

Roald Dahl's Heartfelt Vaccination Plea Resurfaces Amid Current Measles Outbreak

In 1988, beloved British author Roald Dahl wrote some of his most poignant, instructive words.
In an open letter, the writer known for his children's books pierced with dark humour, urged parents to vaccinate their children against measles following the death of his eldest daughters to the same disease.
Olivia Dahl died of measles encephalitis, aged seven. The author went on to dedicate one of his most famous books to her, the BFG: “For Olivia: 20th April 1955 — 17th November 1962.”
Determined that no other child should die from the disease, a complication of measles where the brain swells leading to convulsions, Dahl wrote an open letter more than 25 years after her death.
The letter, which the Encephalitis Society in the UK uses in its awareness campaigns, has been widely shared in recent days following the fresh outbreak of measles in the United States :: Read the full article >>

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