On Friday, a Washington state House committee passed a bill to ban the personal or philosophical exemption for the vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) for school-age children, in response to the recent numbers of people with the virus. And let us notate that while the mainstream media has been making the rounds to attempt to terrify people about the “outbreaks” no one has died and a little over 300 people- since October 2018- have been infected.
Not millions. Not even thousands.
And no deaths.
Despite opposition from those to rightly believe that parents should have a right to choose whether to vaccinate their children, the bill passed through the state’s Health Care and Wellness Committee.
“All nine Democrats on the committee voted to advance the bill, as well as the bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Paul Harris, the only Republican to support it. The bill will now move to the House Rules Committee, on which Harris also serves, before it is sent to the full chamber for a vote. Hundreds of anti-vaccination supporters protested the bill earlier this month.”1
Late last month, following what state medical officials have called an “outbreak” of measles, Gov. Jay Inslee (D) declared a state of emergency. And yet, according to the dictionary, the word outbreak means, “the sudden or violent start of something unwelcome.” In my humble opinion, that doesn’t really define what’s currently going on with these measles cases. Also, the virus, which was first discovered in 1757, hasn’t always been something to fear:
When most of us hear the word “outbreak” we tend to think of impending doom and yet, “currently, there are at least 52 known cases in Washington state and four in Oregon.”2
“Of the 53 confirmed cases, 47 people were not immunized against the illness and one had the MMR vaccine. The immunization status of five people have not yet been confirmed and one person was previously hospitalized.
An estimated 6.7 percent of students in Clark County were exempt from compulsory vaccines upon entering kindergarten by claiming personal or religious reasons in the 2017-2018 school year, according to state data.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that roughly 2 percent of children across the country forgo required immunizations for nonmedical reasons.”1
So, according to the CDC, only about 2 percent of children ACROSS THE COUNTRY forgo vaccines and yet it’s that small group of kids, that little 2 percent, that has the entire world terrified? If vaccines and herd immunity work so well, how on earth is everyone getting sick?
During a February 8th hearing before the vote, Susie Corgan, of Informed Choice Washington, a nonprofit organization promoting “personal freedoms and individual choices, including health care choices” told The AP, ” Where there is risk, there must be choice, and there is risk with this vaccine as there is with any other medical procedure.”
If you are in Washington state and are concerned about this bill, you can join Corgan and her group, here’s the info:
To be sure, the CDC says two doses of the MMR vaccine for measles, mumps, and rubella is about 97 percent effective at preventing the illness but they rarely talk about that fact that once you are vaccinated, you are yourself shedding that same disease. Let’s actually start testing people infected to see if they have wild/natural measles or vaccine-induced measles.
Measles is highly contagious. So, vaccinate your kids or don’t. Just please do your research and make the best decision you can, one not based on fear, for yourself and your family.