Despite Measles Outbreak Few Hundred Anti-Vaxxers Are Protesting For Right To Not Vaccinate Their Children

Despite Measles Outbreak Few Hundred Anti-Vaxxers Are Protesting For Right To Not Vaccinate Their Children

It has been reported by the Associated Press that more than 700 anti-vaxxers marched outside a public hearing in Washington state on Friday to protest a bill that would make it harder for parents to opt out of the mandatory vaccines for children.

Vaccination exemptions for children at schools based on medical, religious, or philosophical beliefs are currently allowed in the state, but the proposed bill would remove the ability for parents to opt out based on philosophical beliefs.

One of the protesting mothers, however, said that she doesn’t feel that she’s putting her child at risk, and there’s nothing that’s going to change her mind on vaccination.

The country, however, declared a public health emergency due to the measles outbreak recently, and at least 49 cases have been confirmed in Clark County.

 
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The thing I hear a lot from people who are against vaccinating their children is that doctors and nurses get very little education about how vaccines work, so how could they know? And this is a problem. Doctors and nurses who have comparatively little background will struggle to answer follow-up questions about the dangers of vaccinations to patients and parents alike. But there’s also a different between taking courses in medical school about vaccinations and knowing how to read scientific literature with a fairly complex understanding of statistics. It’s the researchers and statisticians, not the doctors, that I trust most when it comes to weighing the pros and cons of vaccinations. And I say this as someone who works with family practice doctors everyday–though some of them can also just talk and talk about how vaccines work, regardless of how much they actually learned about it in school.

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