Calitics has the story about that whooping cough epidemic:

With whooping cough now at epidemic levels, it’s becoming clear that one of the primary culprits is the idiotic trend over the last 10 years of parents, mostly affluent whites, opting out of vaccination out of a baseless fear that the vaccines are unsafe.

Comments

  1. #1 Bobington
    July 20, 2010

    Vaccination rates won’t recover until a sizable body count builds up.

  2. #2 MikeMa
    July 20, 2010

    Recovery would be faster but Wakefield is still free rather than in jail where he belongs. Still, nice to see that justice of a sort prevailed and he lost his license.

  3. #3 Sam
    July 20, 2010

    I guess a reason for not using vaccination due to safety concerns can be an issue, but I think economic factor can play a bigger role. Ideally, costs shouldn’t matter when it comes to health. Unfortunately, avoiding high costs at the expense of maintaining good health is becoming problematic. This can be the case for Californians.

  4. #4 tütüne son
    July 21, 2010

    Recovery would be faster but Wakefield is still free rather than in jail where he belongs. Still, nice to see that justice of a sort prevailed and he lost his license.

  5. #5 Tex
    August 8, 2010

    Please don’t think I am being mean spirited and spiteful when I hope that this kind of behavior might reduce the frequency of deleterious genes in the pool. Of course, the loss of herd immunity may put innocents who cannot be vaccinated for valid medical reasons at risk, too, and that is the real tragedy here.

    Okay. Maybe that was mean-spirited and spiteful, but the point remains.

    @Sam – as pointed out in the article, it is mostly stupid affluent people who intentionally opting out.