I was skeptical that the anti-vaccine movement was gaining traction. Not anymore.
The developments are worrying enough that two top vaccine researchers published op-eds earlier this year, warning about the risk of more outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and mumps.
“Even a modest decrease in [vaccine coverage] rates could be enough to cause future outbreaks,” wrote Peter Hotez, a pediatrician at Baylor College of Medicine, in the New York Times. “I’m worried that our nation’s health will soon be threatened because we have not stood up to the pseudoscience and fake conspiracy claims of this movement.”
The main way to measure how many kids aren’t getting vaccinated by choice is finding out which proportion of kids get exempted from school vaccine requirements for nonmedical — that is, personal belief or religious — reasons.