In California, six infants are dead and 1500 people are sick from a deadly infection that is easily preventable by routine childhood vaccination - but only if every child is vaccinated.
From the recent CDC report:
If the rates from the first half of the year persist throughout 2010, California would have its highest annual rate of pertussis [Whooping Cough] reported since 1963 and the most cases reported since 1958...Why is this outbreak happening? Who's been winding the science and medicine clock backwards by 52 years?
...According to the California Department of Public Health's Center for Infectious Disease, whooping cough cases tend to be the highest in areas where parents tend to exempt their kids from routine vaccination...That's a nice way to sum up the situation. A not-so-nice but more accurate way is:
Parents who refuse to have their kids vaccinated - and the Jenny McCarthys and (discredited) Andrew Wakefields that champion such ignorance and paranoia - are directly responsible for unnecessary sickness and death in their own communities.
Learn more about the deadly outbreak on Google News.