This Happens To Children Whose Parents Won’t Vaccinate

How serious is measles, really? 

By Elizabeth Cohen and John Bonifield, CNN – Two states experiencing a measles outbreak, Washington and Oregon, allow parents to opt out of vaccines simply because they want to.

And while they hate to say “I told you so,” pediatricians, well, told them so.

“I’ve been saying now for the last couple of years [that] it’s only a matter of time before we see a horrific measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development.

All states require immunizations for children to attend school.

Forty-seven states — all but California, Mississippi and West Virginia — allow parents to opt out of vaccines if they have religious beliefs against immunizations, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Among those 47 states, 18 states also allow parents to opt out of vaccines if they have personal, moral or philosophical beliefs against immunizations.

Oregon and Washington are among these states that allow for personal belief exemptions.

The other 16 are Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Vermont.

These states have particularly high levels — or “hot spots” — of unvaccinated children, and are vulnerable to measles outbreaks, according to a study by Hotez and his colleagues that published last year.

One of the hot spots is the Pacific Northwest, specifically Seattle, Spokane, and Portland. 19,393 NBA Fans Exposed to Measles

On Friday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency after 35 confirmed cases of measles and 11 suspected cases in his state. Since then, there’s been another confirmed case in Washington, and one case in Oregon.

In 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics took a stance that personal and religious exemptions should end. This Food Injures 10,000 Children Each Year

“It’s really a no-brainer,” said Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, chair of the AAP’s Committee on Infectious Diseases …

“I’ve seen children develop diseases that are vaccine-preventable, and it’s just really horrible,” she said. “To see that in this day and age — it’s absolutely painful.” Read more. 

How serious is measles, really? 

Diarrhea and ear infections, which may lead to hearing loss, can happen as a result of measles.

Pneumonia and brain swelling are other potential complications. About 1 or 2 of every 1,000 children with measles dies of it, the CDC estimates. Source: WebMD

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