Religious anti-vaxxers create chickenpox epidemic in NC

cajun67

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2018/11/19/anti-vaccination-stronghold-nc-hit-with-states-worst-chickenpox-outbreak-decades/

Chickenpox has taken hold of a school in North Carolina where many families claim religious exemption from vaccines.

Cases of chickenpox have been multiplying at the Asheville Waldorf School, which serves children from nursery school to sixth grade in Asheville, N.C. About a dozen infections grew to 28 at the beginning of the month. By Friday, there were 36, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported.

The outbreak ranks as the state’s worst since the chickenpox vaccine became available more than 20 years ago. Since then, the two-dose course has succeeded in limiting the highly contagious disease that once affected 90 percent of Americans — a public health breakthrough.
 

BoxerGT2.5

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While I despise anti-vaccine people with a passion, it's chicken pox. Before the vaccine if kid on the block got chicken pox parents would send their kids over to try and catch it just to get it over with. Because getting them as an adult REALLY sucks. If we're talking polio then the parents should lose their kids unless they have a good reason outside of religion for not vaccinating their kids. Bottom line is your dumb ass religion isn't an excuse to put the rest of us at risk.
 

Herdfan

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So if you got your kid vaccinated, why would you care if other kids got chicken pox? That's a them problem.
 

BoxerGT2.5

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So if you got your kid vaccinated, why would you care if other kids got chicken pox? That's a them problem.
Because if your child is immunocompromised and unable to receive vaccines, that parent is banking on herd immunity to protect their child from contracting the disease. It's a problem when the herd is increasingly becoming stupid and relying on Jenny McCarthy for their medical advice. Anyone who was married to Jim Carey and who also plastered their tits all over playboy shouldn't be a factored in when making ones medical decisions.
 

TheColtr

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As someone who is religious I find it disheartening when nutjobs give religious people a bad name. I’ve always believed that vaccines and medication is the answer of many prayers. We finally have the cure to diseases that millions of people died from annually in the past, but because it is modern it’s somehow wrong?