Sunday, February 01, 2015

Does the risk of outbreak outweigh personal beliefs?

The CDC reports that in just the past month, 84 people from 14 states contracted measles. California alone has 59 confirmed cases, most of them linked to an initial exposure in Disneyland. A majority of people who have gotten sick were not vaccinated. The measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is recommended for all children. It protects against three potentially serious illnesses.Currently, all 50 states require the MMR vaccination but 19 state laws allow students to opt out with a doctor’s approval or religious justification placing those surrounded by the unvaccinated at risk. The CDC reports that in 2014, 79% of measles cases in the U.S. involving unvaccinated people were the result of personal belief exemptions.

What’s Your Take? Does the risk of outbreak  outweigh personal beliefs? Should parents be allowed to opt out of MMR vaccinations based on personal or religious beliefs?



1. Jesse said...

We should not people to opt out for the good of the population.

2. Duncan said...


3. Long Time Listener said...

We have to have rules to live together. I hate speed limits,but I understand why we need them.

4. BigMac said...

I don't think so. Some of the infected actually had been immunized

5. Wythe said...


6. Grace said...

Yes,the threat of outbreak and in the effort of public safety,everyone should be vaccinated.

7. Carla said...

Vaccinations are safe and should a choice

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