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In New York, unvaccinated kids may be sent home despite religious exemption, court says

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  • UT Brit London, England
    June 28, 2014 7:29 a.m.

    @gee-en

    Simple, there are children who, because of medical reasons are not able to be vaccinated. The vaccinated kids surround and protect them. Now we have parents who choose not to vaccinate their children because an ex playboy model told them not too.
    You are then increasing the danger to the child who cannot be vaccinated by introducing so many children who are also not vaccinated. Look up the herd immunity wiki article.

    I am sure parents would not play the "risk of catching the disease are lower than the perceived dangers of the shots" game, if there were thousands of children being crippled and killed each year by polio. Thankfully we have vaccines to thank for almost eradicating that terrible disease.

  • gee-en Salt Lake City, UT
    June 27, 2014 1:29 p.m.

    But how does allowing an unvaccinated child to attend school further spread a disease? If all the other children are vaccinated then they should not be worried because they are all "protected". The only one theoretically at risk is the unvaccinated child. Presumably the parents and the child are willing to accept that the risk of catching the disease are lower than the perceived dangers of the shots.

  • GZE SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    June 27, 2014 11:26 a.m.

    Actions (or inaction in this case) have consequences.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    June 27, 2014 10:51 a.m.

    Intelligent parenting and good public health - 1
    Ignorance - 0