Looking back, I don’t think this blog has discussed too many ‘hot’ political issues of the day. Ok, here goes one, that is definitely ‘hot’.
I decided to ‘repost’ this article for three reasons. First, it is well written and I respect the author. Second, recently found out that my son’s elementary school, 10.2% of the students are not vaccinated. And last, the other day I read the National Geographic cover story, “Why do reasonable people doubt Science?”
Measles is back. The outbreak of this highly contagious viral illness that started at Disneyland in December has spread across the country and shows no signs of slowing. As of February 6, the CDC reported 121 cases in 17 states in this year alone, most linked to Disneyland. In 2014, we had 644 cases of measles in the U.S. This is a striking increase compared to the last 15 years, when we usually saw less than 100 cases in an entire year.
I’m sorry that so many people have been sickened in this outbreak and hope that it is reined in soon. This is no easy task given our mobile society and the fact that we like to congregate in places like Disneyland, schools, doctors’ offices, hospitals, airplanes, and shopping malls. Add to that the pockets of unvaccinated people where measles can easily spread, and we have a recipe…
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