A growing number of parents are keeping their kids from vaccinated and now health officials are worried that almost-extinct diseases will return! Are you putting your kid at risk?
In a study by the Associated Press, it was revealed that more than 1 in 20 public school kindergartners in eight states aren’t getting all the vaccines required for attendance! It’s “really gotten much worse,” said Mary Selecky, secretary of health for Washington state.
More than half of states have seen a slight rise in exemptions over the past five years, and states in the West and Upper Midwest have the highest rates.
But why would parents skip the vaccines?
Some cite religious, philosophical or medical reasons, and a rising number of parents don’t believe vaccines are essential. Some worry the risks are greater than not having the shot. And some are concerned about the number of shots required. By the time most kids are 6-years-old, they’ll have been given about 24 shots!
“Many of the vaccines are unnecessary and public health officials don’t honestly know what the effect of giving so many vaccines to such small children really are,” said Jennifer Margulis, a parenting book author from Ashland, Oregon.
Health officials say the parents that exempt their children are putting others at risk! No vaccine is completely effective, and if an outbreak begins in an area with unvaccinated kids then even those who are vaccinated are at serious risk of getting sick!
“Your child’s risk of getting disease depends on what your neighbors do,” said Saad Omer, an Emory University epidemiologist.
What do YOU think, HollyMoms? Have you had your kids vaccinated, or did you exempt them?
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