Friday, August 22, 2008

Hey, people ...

... vaccinate your children, damnit.
“When more than 10 percent of a community opts out of vaccinations, it leaves the entire community at risk because germs have a greater chance of causing an epidemic,” said Dr. Ari Brown, an Austin, Texas, pediatrician who represents the American Academy of Pediatrics.
More from Morbidity and Mortality, a CDC publication (pdf, 36 pages).
During January 1–July 31, 2008, 131 measles cases were reported to CDC from 15 states and the District of Columbia (DC): Illinois (32 cases), New York (27), Washington (19), Arizona (14), California (14), Wisconsin (seven), Hawaii (five), Michigan (four), Arkansas (two), and DC, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Virginia (one each). Seven measles outbreaks (i.e., three or more cases linked in time or place) accounted for 106 (81%) of the cases. Fifteen of the patients (11%) were hospitalized, including four children aged
< 15 months. No deaths were reported.

1 comment:

Rhea Miller said...

hahahhaha...amen!! i couldn't believe it when i learned that people were not just too lazy to get vaccines but that some were actually against it?!?! and that the state that i live in (CO) is one of the worst. sigh.

and btw... tag!