Monday, November 28, 2011

More Parents Opting Out of Vaccinations for Their Children

School records are showing that more and more parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children. Depending on the state, parents can opt out of "mandatory" vaccinations by checking a box for medical, religious, or even philosophical reasons. Vaccination rates still remain high overall - as high as 90% for more "traditional" vaccines such as polio, measles, and Hepatitis B. Yet in 8 states, 1 in 20 kindergarteners aren't receiving their vaccines. This is counterproductive to many state officials' goals of reaching 100% vaccination.

The information shows that parents who choose to opt out of vaccinations are often geographically clustered together. Some rural counties in northeastern parts of Washington have exemption rates as high as 20 or even 50%.

I find this type of information extremely frustrating, especially after reading the following quote:
"We are being told this by every government official, teacher, doctor that we need vaccines to keep us safe from these diseases. I simply don't believe that to be true. I believe all the diseases in question were up to 90 percent in decline before mass vaccines ever were given. I don't think vaccines are what saved the world from disease. I think effective sewer systems, nutrition, and handwashing (are the reasons)"

Yay America.

-Elena Higuchi


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