En liten tekst skrevet av forfatteren Roald Dahl tilbake i 1986. Dahl mistet sin syv år gamle datter grunnet meslinger – en sykdom vaksinemotstandere mener er ufarlig og undvendig å vaksinere mot, og som en del dypt forvirrede foreldre arrangerer smitteringer for å prøve å gi sitt barn.
Roald Dahl skrev:
MEASLES: A dangerous illness by ROALD DAHL
Olivia, my eldest daughter, caught measles when she was seven years old. As the illness took its usual course I can remember reading to her often in bed and not feeling particularly alarmed about it. Then one morning, when she was well on the road to recovery, I was sitting on her bed showing her how to fashion little animals out of coloured pipe-cleaners, and when it came to her turn to make one herself, I noticed that her fingers and her mind were not working together and she couldn’t do anything.
“Are you feeling all right?” I asked her.
“I feel all sleepy,” she said.
In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead.
The measles had turned into a terrible thing called measles encephalitis and there was nothing the doctors could do to save her.