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Yeah you can thank a particular religious community up here for that particular outbreak. Apparently it started in one school where very few students were vaccinated, and then started to spread to the general population.Measles: Whatcom County case, potential public exposures in other counties :: Washington State Dept. of Health
All y'all take care out there. Good Luck!
This is really what it's all about for me. My 2 year old finally is fairly well pincushioned, but during the early days, he could have gotten something entirely preventable from an unvaccinated person. Currently my wife is pregnant with our second (which lowers her immune system) and so she is now at risk, and if an epidemic starts, baby number 2 will be at risk.Yes they will be ok, and most of us who were immunized will be ok. On the other hand they are not just putting their own kids at risk, they are also endangering all those young children who are too young to be vaccinated. Not to mention the added costs to our health care system caused by their refusal to immunize. Perhaps they should foot the bill themselves!
It's not poor judgement, it's STUPIDITY.Usually parents who choose not to vaccinate their kids get away with it because the majority of kids in the community are vaccinated. This is sometimes referred to as herd immunity, the idea that illness can not spread if a critical portion of individuals are immune. The reality is those with poor judgment end up relying on the responsible parents to keep all their kids safe.
Things go bad when too many people in one area are not immune, or an at risk person visits an area where the suspect illness is common. Both things seem to have played a role in this case, and now we as tax payers will spend a lot of funds chasing it down and trying to keep at risk kids safe.