Babies are dying

"Whooping cough is now an epidemic in California," said Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health, in a statement. "Children should be vaccinated against the disease and parents, family members and caregivers of infants need a booster shot." ABCnews

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Shana's picture
Shana says:

"California is the epicenter of vaccine refusal" in the United States, said Congeni.
So sad...

posted on Mon, 06/28/2010 - 10:02am
KelsiDayle's picture
KelsiDayle says:

There has been increasing debate among parents over whether or not to vaccinate their kids. As Shana alluded above, as parents elect to forego vaccinations, the risk of disease contraction rises for the whole population. This is an example of a tragedy of the commons.

From the ABCnews article linked to above,

"Researchers have found that vaccination rates of at least 93 percent are needed to ensure so-called herd immunity against pertussis, which prevents the disease from spreading quickly to unvaccinated individuals."

For more information, see the Center for Disease Control's webpage on vaccines and immunizations.

posted on Tue, 06/29/2010 - 12:01pm

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