According to NBC News, the outbreak, which killed 10 infants and sickened more than 9,000 others, was the worst the state has seen in 60 years.
A study released Monday in the medical journal Pediatrics analyzed the outbreak pattern and tracked the number of children whose parents filed for “non-medical exemptions” from the state’s vaccination program. Non-medical exemptions are given to families whose children are well enough to tolerate the vaccine, but who refuse to administer it to them anyway for religious or other reasons.
The California Department of Health identified 39 statistically significant geographic clusters of families seeking non-medical exemptions and two major zones of whooping cough cases. According to the data, non-medical exemption families were 2.5 times more likely to also live in an outbreak zone.
Anti-vaccine parents caused California’s lethal whooping cough epidemic | The Raw Story
wow its almost like if u dont get a vaccine for a horrible disease youre more likely to get aforementioned horrible disease who knew
To those who don’t understand the implications of this: it isn’t just saying that families that didn’t vaccinate their kids had those same kids get sick. No. It’s saying that a handful of unvaccinated families disrupted herd immunity so significantly that even VACCINATING FAMILIES got sick, because even if you are pro-vaccination, the vaccine can’t be administered at birth, so there is a window of time when these infants can still get sick—and it can quite possibly be deadly. Also, adults can get it because the vaccine wears off by adulthood. Which isn’t normally a problem, since it’s primarily a childhood ailment, and vaccinating children is enough to keep it under control.
People who choose not to vaccinate don’t necessarily kill their own babies. They kill OTHER PEOPLE’S BABIES.
A friend of mine had whooping cough this year and, I shit you not, blamed it on “all of those Mexican illegals in the valley.”
I told her that my kids’ pediatrician blames the local pertussis outbreaks on the families who refuse to vaccinate their damn kids. Idaho is one of the lowest states for compliance on childhood vaccination. HUGE surprise, right?
She just shook her head and said, “I don’t think so.”