This fear of vaccinations is completely out of control.
Courtesy of Deadstate:
The Asheville Waldorf School in Asheville, N.C. now has a total of 36 children who’ve been infected with chicken pox, making it the worst outbreak the state has seen since the vaccine was made available to the public 23 years ago.
As the Washington Post points out, the school has become a stronghold for parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. In a statement to a local public radio station, the school seemed to be enabling the “choice” concept utilized by anti-vaxxers.
“The school follows immunization requirements put in place by the state board of education, but also recognizes that a parent’s decision to immunize their children happens before they enter school,” the school said in a statement to Blue Ridge Public Radio.
In other words, they weren’t very strict when it came to enforcing vaccination requirements. Many schools across the U.S. will send children home if their immunization records aren’t up to date.
While some may remember the chicken pox being a harmless health hurdle from their youth, the disease can be “life-threatening, especially in babies, adolescents, adults, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems,” the CDC warns.
“People don’t think it’s a serious disease, and for the majority of people it’s not. But it’s not that way for everybody,” Dr. Jennifer Mullendore of the Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services told the Citizen-Times, adding that out of every 1,000 children infected, two to three will have to hospitalized.
“To me, that’s not a mild disease, and if you’re the parent of one of those children, you probably don’t think so either,” she said.
The school only has 152 students, 110 of whom have been vaccinated, which means that almost all of those without vaccinations have been in infected with Chickenpox.
These children are of course also vulnerable to smallpox, measles, polio, and mumps just to name a few.
What happens if one of these kids contracts something more serious?
And who feeds into this conspiracy theory?
Who else, but the conspiracy theorist-in-chief?
Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of many vaccines, doesn’t feel good and changes – AUTISM. Many such cases!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2014
Once again there is NO evidence that childhood vaccinations lead to autism. That is a myth.
However what is not a myth is that skipping these vaccinations places not only your child at risk but potentially everybody in your community, including newborns who have not had any of their shots yet.