If there is going to be a viral pandemic in this country odds are that somewhere in the state of Washington is going to be ground zero. According to a recent study the Evergreen State leads the country in children not being immunized at 6 percent. That may not seem a lot but it only takes one non-vaccinated child to start a pandemic.
I have a bone to pick with one of the quotes in the article…
“The world has changed,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, a pediatrician at The Everett Clinic. “It used to be the unimmunized child was the child of an economically disadvantaged family with poor access to health care.
“Nowadays, it’s usually well-educated parents of higher social status who do their own independent research and tell you what they’re willing to do.”
I think Dr. Stephens was being politically correct. If I was him I would have said that nowadays it’s parents with too much time on their heads who have bought into the Autism boogeyman. Do I even need to mention that the Autism link has been disproved?
As I’ve said before this is not a matter of choice this is a matter of public safety. Besides would you rather have a child with Autism, if that was even true, or would you rather have a child that was dead from an easily preventable disease.
It’s common sense.