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VIDEO: Study shows whooping cough outbreaks linked to parents who refuse to vaccinate

Evidence is continuing to mount that shows parents who refuse to vaccinate their children are contributing to recent disease resurgences.

According to a new study published in late September, parents who did not vaccinate their children for whooping cough were linked to outbreaks of the disease in California back in 2010.

“We live in a free society, but infectious diseases are different from other phenomenon,” study author Saad Omer said. “Someone else’s behavior can affect my child or loved one, or me.”

In the study, researchers compared all the “non-medical exemptions” for kids entering kindergarten from 2005 to 2010 in California. Non-medical exemptions include religious or philosophical beliefs. The researchers matched these exemptions to the number of whooping cough cases diagnosed in 2010.

What they found were 39 areas that had high rates of non-medical exemptions. In those areas, people were about 2.5 times more likely to contract whooping cough. Since whooping cough is highly-contagious, the researchers pointed out that this could spell trouble in an area where a high number of people refuse to vaccinate.

As a result of the growing misinformation being disseminated about the risks of vaccines, other preventable diseases such as measles have seen a climb in rates recently.

Watch a report on the story from CBS News in the video below.

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  1. Jim S

    October 3, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Parents who purposely endanger their children through their stupid beliefs, promulgated by idiotic religious dogma and right wing conspiracy theorists, need to LOSE their children and go to prison!

  2. Juliet

    October 3, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Anti-vaccination people are left-wing. They think they’re protecting their children from autism. Except that they then get to watch their children suffer from preventable diseases.

  3. Beardy Pantaloons

    October 4, 2013 at 12:38 am

    I agree with everything you just said, Jim, except the idea that antivax bullshit is exclusively in the realm of the ‘right wing’. I know plenty of crazy christian conservatives who are anti-vaxers, but I know just as many suburban liberals, paranoid anti-corporate types, and crunchy bead-bedecked hippies who are as anti-science as they come.

  4. Sandy248

    October 4, 2013 at 3:29 am

    Those parents need birth control. But they don’t believe in medicine so never mind. All those men should just get vasectomies.

  5. Wes

    October 4, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Not trusting what the corporations are shoving past their former employees at the FDA and into my body is a pretty liberal conspiracy theory. Or is that only the case when there is a republican in office

  6. Trixr4kids

    October 4, 2013 at 4:41 am

    Did she ever consider that these breakouts occur because people like her refuse to vaccinate?

  7. T W

    October 4, 2013 at 4:49 am

    Waitaminute waitaminute! Want parents to agree to immunizing their children or themselves? Then get the unnatural stuff out of immunizations and give them just the natural. Disclose.what is in the immunizations so tjey can make an educated decision about their child’dls health. There are so mny risks involved because of the unnecessary crap put in immunizations to make them patentatable.

  8. howitis

    October 4, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    It is only a matter of time before the child of one of these anti-vaccine kooks DIES from whooping cough or some other perfectly preventable disease. Wonder what these so-called “parents” will say when that happens? Personally I hope the authorities in their city or state arrest them haul them into court and charge them with negligent homicide, maybe even murder. Because their child will be dead from a very preventable disease because they chose to believe the insane rantings of some conspiracy kook, or the claptrap of a brain-dead celebrity bimbo like Jenny McCarthy, instead of hundreds of years of well-established science. We prosecute religious-nut parents who pray over their dying children rather than seek out medical care for them; we should do the same with these anti-vaccine kooks when they kill their children by refusing to vaccinate them.

  9. Wanda Doyle

    October 4, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    I had whooping cough as a child (60 some years ago) and just had a booster vaccination this week. I don’t wish what I went through on anyone else, not to mention the tragedy of losing a child to something that could have been prevented.

  10. Anita

    December 8, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I recently withdrew all three of my children from B&M schools after the last school they attended failed to provide proper accommodations for my disabled child. He was pulled out during last school year, but this is the first year all three are in virtual academy. It’s also the first year that my asthmatic has made it this far into cold and flu season without even a cough, and he has never missed a vaccination. It’s bad enough parents of vaccinated kids will send them to school ill enough to get other kids sick, I can’t imagine what would happen to a child with a compromised immune system who is exposed to a child who is allowed to catch a preventable disease. These people are voluntarily putting their children at risk of death. What kind of parent does that?

  11. T W

    December 11, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Immuno suppressed children wither are HIV positive or are on immunosuppresant drugs. Immuno compromised means the immune system is TOO strong, which means they don’t get what’s in the air or by touch very easily. Their illnesses are.contained within the body. So, these theories are really unfounded. Children are typically not given immunosuppresants, because just like any other child, their growing bodies are forced to deal with the toxicity of chemotherapy (which is what immunosuppresants are.)

  12. howitis

    December 16, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Immunocompromised can also refer to children who suffer from Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases, which are diseases and defects of the immune system that are the result of genetic defects and are present from birth. The best known of these is Severe Combined Immune Deficiency or SCID (aka the “Bubble Boy” disease), in which victims essentially are born with no functioning immune system and can die within weeks or months of birth, unless the disease is promptly diagnosed and treated (bone marrow transplants can now cure most all victims of SCID provided they are diagnosed within the first few weeks of birth, typically through newborn blood screening.) But this class of diseases also includes less severe forms of immune deficiency, such as Common Variable Immune Deficiency (CVID), X-Linked Agammaglobulinanemia (XLA) and Wiscott-Aldrich Syndrome, in which patients have some immune function but fail to produce enough antibodies, or produce antibodies incapable of fighting off infection. There is no cure for this class of disorders, but there is treatment (most often in the form of IgG replacement therapy via IV) which makes it possible to live with the disorder. Without treatment, disability and death ultimately result, due to the patient’s inability to fight off infection. Children with Primary Immune Deficiencies (PID) either do not respond to vaccination, or do not respond adequately, and some have such violent reactions to vaccines that they cannot receive them. Thus they have to depend on the “herd immunity” principle to protect them from diseases like measles, mumps and whooping cough. These diseases can cause permanent disability and death in children with perfectly healthy immune systems; in children with (PID), these diseases are basically a death sentence. http://www.info4pi.org/

    I know, because my nephew suffers from XLA, and his parents live in fear of him someday contracting measles or whooping cough due to more and more parents buying into the BS, crackpot science of the vaccine deniers. In fact, they pulled their son out of kindergarten after there was a measles outbreak at his school, and they learned that almost 15 percent of the children in their local school district have parents who voluntarily “opt out” of vaccines, yet their kids are still being allowed to enroll because the district is apparently more afraid of lawsuits from these crackpots, than they are of the very real possibility that an immune deficient child could be killed by such a policy! Fortunately, they were able to find an excellent charter school to enroll him in, one which has a very strict policy that only parents with very legitimate health or documented religious reasons (ex: Jehova’s Witnesses) are allowed to enroll their children without vaccinating them. At last check, only three non-vaccinated children, all Jehovas Witnesses, are enrolled.

    Maybe when some school district is finally hit with a wrongful death suit, after an immune deficient child dies from whooping cough because they let a bunch of anti-vaccine crackpots’ whooping-cough-infected kids enroll and destroy the herd immunity, will we finally see a return to sane policies based on real science, instead hysterical, ignorant internet crackpot garbage and lies.

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