I found this article…a little inflammatory, don’t you think? Here’s what it says:
Some parents’ refusal to vaccinate children seems to be behind the highest rate of measles cases reported since 1996, federal officials said Thursday.
Between Jan. 1 and July 31 of this year, 131 measles cases have been reported in the United States, many of them among children whose parents have philosophical or religious objections to the, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
At least 15 patients, including four children 15 months or younger, were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
By comparison, 55 cases of measles were reported in 2006, 66 in 2005, 37 in 2004, 56 in 2003 and 44 in 2002, for an average of about 64 per year.
Since we have many readers of this blog that don’t vaccinate and some that do, this seems to be a good topic of discussion. For the record, I did vaccinate my son, finally but not completely and waffled a lot about it.
What do you think? Is this hyperbole? Is it a real concern?
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