Los Angeles film students create social media storm with vaccination film

vaccinationsLos Angeles – Student film makers at the acclaimed journalism school at Carlsbad High in LA have caused a social media furor with a short film entitled ‘Invisible Threat’.

The film was produced for the school’s CHSTV by a number of students, and explores the threat of under vaccination in the USA. It features voices from both sides of the autism vaccination debate but seems to have come under stiff criticism from some factions on Social Media. The charity Every child by two is also rallying their support for the documentary as are the National Foundation for Communicable diseases.

The aim of this documentary was to enlighten people to the threat of communicable diseases. More and more people are choosing not to vaccinate against Polio, mumps, measles and German measles, because they believe that their children are at risk of autism if they do.

The Vaccine mom writes:

“The Invisible Threat is so powerful that it becoming a part of the curriculum in many schools, collages, and universities across the U.S, and used as a teaching tool in medical schools and hospitals”

The inaugural screening of the Documentary had to be delayed due to the media storm and the fear that activists would turn out in force. Parent Teacher committee president Kym Szalkiewicz told the LA times  :

“We didn’t want to put the kids who worked on this into a position where people could get on campus and harass them.”

But Anne Dachel from Age of Autism wrote:

“This documentary won’t change anyone’s thinking on this issue. What was produced here was propaganda. People everywhere (especially parents) will recognize the bias. They’ve heard it all before. There is too much information available on the Internet to challenge what was said by the vaccine promoters interviewed for this film.”

Film makers read related studies and talked to established medical caregivers to further their knowledge on the subject, and some even changed their standing point on the autism vaccination debate whilst filming.

The project which started as an extra curricular activity for most of the students has become a talking point on twitter, Facebook and pro and anti vaccination factions alike and in the year which has seen the biggest outbreak of measles since 1996 the issue is one that needs addressing.