The silliest question ever

This story will not give you confidence that parents are making informed choices when they refuse to get their children vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella. Quote.

My 3-year-old is not vaccinated and there is currently a measles outbreak in my state,? she wrote in a group called Vaccine Education Network: Natural Health Anti-Vaxx Community. ?Any suggestions for precautions I can take to protect her would be very much appreciated.? End of quote.

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This mother?s only alternative is to remove her child from the seething mass of humanity altogether. She needs to forgo any contact with the outside world and find a lifestyle block to become totally self-sufficient.

We have our own issues with measles outbreaks in Christchurch and Auckland, but across the world in the first known ban of its kind, Rockland County in New York has banned all children under the age of 18 from all public spaces if they are not vaccinated. This includes, schools, places of worship, restaurants, businesses, shopping centres and public transportation. Outdoor spaces such as playgrounds are excluded.

The county of more than 320,000 is trying to stop the spread of a measles outbreak that began last year. 27% of Rockland County children have not received the measles vaccine. Quote.

County officials in measles-wracked Rockland County, NY took the extraordinary step today of banning unvaccinated minors from entering public places. If vaccine-preventable diseases continue to flare up in pockets of unvaccinated people across the country, these types of bans might become the new normal.

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The ban is part of the county?s efforts to curb the spread of measles, which has infected 153 people so far ? mostly unvaccinated children under the age of 18. International visitors brought the virus to Rockland starting in September 2018, and the virus spread.

Since the Rockland outbreak started, nearly 17,000 people in the county have received measles, mumps, and rubella vaccinations, and unvaccinated children have been banned from local schools, according to a statement from the New York State Department of Health.

Progress on fighting the spread of measles has stalled, however, according to a Rockland County press briefing today. ?As this outbreak has continued, our inspectors have begun to meet increasing resistance from those they?re trying to protect,? county executive Ed Day says in the briefing.

Children who can?t be vaccinated for medical reasons are excluded from the ban altogether. Officials won?t force teens to turn over their medical information, according to Rockland spokesperson John Lyon. ?We?re not going to be asking for anyone?s vaccination records on the streets,? […]

Instead, the plan is to enforce the ban after the fact, […] If an epidemiological investigation turns up an unvaccinated minor in, say, a shopping mall, that kid?s parents could be charged with a misdemeanour and face a $500 fine or 90 days in jail, […]

Jailing people isn?t the goal, [County executive Ed] Day says: ?This is not something we?re looking to do.? Instead, the goal is to raise awareness about the importance of vaccines in a county where measles has been spreading for the past six months, particularly?among orthodox Jewish communities. ?We?re doing it in such a way to just get attention at this point so that people understand the seriousness of what they are doing ? and not doing,? he says.

[?] according to Leila Barraza, an assistant professor at the University of Arizona?s Zuckerman College of Public Health. Quarantine laws can force people who have been exposed to stay in their homes. Isolation laws can make people who are sick stay isolated in places like hospitals, for example. And other social distancing laws can also make sure people aren?t congregating at places like schools, workplaces, or public events. ?It?s a way to create a distance between people so they can?t spread disease,? […]

Places like France and Italy have also instituted school bans. But Rockland?s new ban is different, Barraza says. ?It?s a new, more expansive measure than just excluding unvaccinated students from schools,? she says. ?I think that?s why it?s getting so much publicity.? And she could see this being the first of more, similar bans in the future. ?I think this definitely could be a new trend as we have more unvaccinated children,? she says. ?If there?s evidence this has worked, then I think it will probably be tried again.?End of quote.

How did we become so complacent about our children?s health and the health of the vulnerable, the very young and the old?

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