If this doesn't convince parents to immunize their kids, we don't know what will. The Global Health Program at the Council on Foreign Relations created an eye-opening interactive map illustrating outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases around the world since 2008.
The differences between continents like North America and Africa are astounding, even just at first glance. You can filter the map by disease (e.g., measles, mumps, rubella, polio, whooping cough and "other") or region to further compare and contrast disease rates by geographical location.
Though U.S. immunization rates were decent in 2013, Time Healthland notes that "unimmunized children contributed to the largest outbreaks of measles in the U.S. since the disease was eliminated in 2000."
After a debunked study linked vaccines to autism — and certain celebrities advocated this unsound view — many scared parents refused to vaccinate their children. Though the erroneous study was officially retracted back in 2010, misinformed naysayers are still causing confusion among parents.
The Council on Foreign Relations hopes this interactive map will help fight such unfounded fears and promote awareness of a global health problem that is easily preventable.
Click here to view the map on CFR's site.