Friday, May 11, 2012
I have no doubt You was fast asleep in Philosophical Tranquility...
Washington State has the highest kindergarten vaccine exemption rate in the country.
Washington state's worst outbreak of whooping cough in decades has prompted health officials to declare an epidemic, seek help from federal experts and urge residents to get vaccinated amid worry that cases of the highly contagious disease could spike much higher.
It's the first state to declare a whooping cough, or pertussis, epidemic since 2010, when California had more than 9,000 cases, including 10 deaths. Washington has had 10 times the cases reported in 2011, and so has Wisconsin with nearly 2,000 cases this year, though that state has not declared an epidemic.
In Washington, about 1,280 cases have been reported in 2012, and officials believe the state could see as many as 3,000 cases by year's end. Health Secretary Mary Selecky declared the epidemic April 3, and since then officials have bought up the vaccine and made it available for free for people who don't have insurance.
Until routine child vaccination became widespread in the 1940s, pertussis caused thousands of fatalities each year in the United States. While deaths are uncommon today, they still occur: In recent weeks, infants in New Mexico and Idaho have died from the disease.
But hey, philosophy and personal choice totally rule!
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would you come save us from ourselves?
Posted by: Little Boots | May 11, 2012 1:08:44 AM
Posted by: Little Boots | May 11, 2012 1:09:04 AM
i do wish this story would have broken last week whilst our delegation was still in session and debating this. because whether the anti-vaxxers want to believe it or not, the highest exemption rate in the country for washington state is not a good thing.
oh well, those of us with newborns can just be shut-ins.
Posted by: ericka | May 11, 2012 10:34:37 AM