Outbreak Clusters and the Unvaccinated

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Outbreak Clusters and the Unvaccinated
Thu, 01-02-2014 - 9:55am

I wanted to see what you all thought of the following article that talks about how the anti-vaccination movement has allowed outbreaks of diseases: 

Earlier this year, researchers confirmed that a 2010 whooping cough outbreak in California, the nation's worst in over 50 years, was spread by children whose parents applied for non-medical exemptions to school vaccination requirements, many for religious reasons.

The study showed that more cases of whooping cough occurred in the clusters of unvaccinated children than not, resulting in 9,120 instances of the disease and 10 deaths. In San Diego county alone, there were 5,100 exemptions and 980 whooping cough cases. 

In August, the Texas megachurch Eagle Mountain International Church made headlines after 21 members of its congregation contracted measles. Coincidently, the outbreak occurred during National Immunization Awareness Month. 

The church, part of Kenneth Copeland Ministries, advocated abstaining from vaccinations over fears that they can cause autism. The outbreak was traced back to a church member who had traveled abroad on a mission trip and then spread measles among the unvaccinated congregation.

Following the outbreak, the church hosted vaccination clinics and urged its members to attend. 

Read more: http://www.healthline.com/health-news/children-anti-vaccination-movement-leads-to-disease-outbreaks-120312

Do you agree or disagree with the author's viewpoint?