By Christina England
Californians have a new law regarding vaccination of children: Effective July 1, 2011, all students in grades 7 through 12 will be required to get a booster DTP [Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (Whooping Cough)] due to outbreaks and increases for Pertussis in children.
Something doesn’t make sense, I think. What’s happening to ‘herd immunity’ that supposedly is established—at least that’s the spin—through mandatory vaccination programs that have been in effect for years?
First, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the vaccination rate of children entering kindergarten in the USA is over 90 percent. That means most kiddies at kindergarten age have been vaccinated for Pertussis. So why an outbreak in California?
Is it that medical authorities claim unvaccinated children—only 2.2 percent in California and 1 percent in the USA—are responsible for the uptick in Whooping Cough (Pertussis)? Well, in my opinion, logic says differently, and here’s why.
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