This month, Representative Matt Krause, a member of the far-right House Freedom Caucus in Texas, filed a bill in the Texas Legislature that would “make it easier for parents to request vaccine exemptions.”1 While a similar version didn’t get much traction in 2017, “Krause’s new bill would go further, explicitly preventing the state health department from tracking the number of exemptions.”1 The reason for this? Krause and State Representative Bill Zedler, an outspoken critic of not just vaccines but mandatory vaccines, are concerned that parents who choose not to vaccinate will be tracked and bullied.
And please keep this in mind; although the mainstream media, CDC, and others are pushing this debate into a frenzy, the measles has never killed at epidemic rates:
“When the measles vaccine was first introduced, most people over the age of 15 who had wild measles had lifetime immunity. In developed nations, like other communicable infections, measles was no longer dangerous except in rare circumstances because of inadequate nutrition, poor sanitation, and/or lack of healthcare. Because having the measles was a routine part of childhood, teens, adults, parents, and grandparents were immune. And because of maternal passive immunity, infants were protected.The death rate due to measles in Washington State in the four years prior to the introduction of the measles vaccine was 1.4 in 10,000 cases and approximately 2 in 1,000,000 in the general population.
Legislators are being told that use of personal and religious belief exemptions are putting the public’s health in danger.
Pushing vaccination rates up even higher with an ineffective product is not the answer. As the editor of the journal Vaccine, Dr. Gregory Poland of The Mayo Clinic stated in 1994, “…as measles immunization rates rise to high levels in a population, measles becomes a disease of immunized persons.”2
Officials pushing back say the proposal would limit “their ability to identify and stop disease outbreaks, and parents of immunocompromised kids would have even less information to decide where to send their children to school,” but Krause says his legislation just streamlines the process for parents who already want exemptions.
So far this year, Texas has had eight confirmed cases of measles. While it is true that the number of kids with “conscience” exemptions rose sharply from around 2,300 in 2003 to almost 53,000 in 2017, there are more than 7 million children in Texas.