Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Arizona's Anti-Vaccination Epidemic
By not vaccinating yourself and your children, you're not only exposing them to potentially lethal diseases, but you're also extending that risk to your friends and neighbors who may not share your beliefs. Is that what you really want?
An Arizona Daily Star investigative report on vaccinations in Arizona show that one in three Arizona schools last year had kindergarten classes with vaccination rates so low children were left vulnerable to infectious disease outbreaks such as measles, mumps or pertussis.
According to that same report, by far the worst offenders are charter and private schools, some with vaccination rates as low as 50 percent in Pima County and under 30 percent in Maricopa County. Rates need to be 80 percent to 95 percent, depending on the disease, to prevent the spread of infection through herd immunity.
Please don't listen to the quacks or vaccine conspiracy theorists, get your children vaccinated ASAP! Any local pharmacy can do it for you quickly and conveniently.
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