A Corte Madera School Board Agrees To Support Legislation on Measles Vaccinations
It has been reported that this week a seven-year-old cancer survivor Rhett Krawitt of Corte Madera, a town in Marin County, stood before his school board and asked the board members to support proposed state legislation that would get rid of personal belief exemptions from childhood vaccinations.
As per a story that appeared on front page in the San Francisco Chronicle, Rhett is unable to get vaccination as he is under treatment for leukemia. And the only way to protect him from measles is if children around him are vaccinated, which will provide him herd immunity.
As per sources, Rhett's school board has decided to support any such legislation. The boards support was symbolic, but also significant, as Marin County has been in the news lately for having one of the lowest childhood vaccination rates in the country.
Experts said the preventable infectious disease measles has always hovered below the radar in the country, which was brought back to the country by some unvaccinated people infected while traveling abroad.
But a recent outbreak that originated from two Disney theme parks in Southern California has contributed to an alarming number of measles cases this year, said experts.
The number of confirmed cases of measles has risen to 121 across the country, with 14 in the Bay Area.
Officials reported that California is one of the several other states in the US that permit parents to avoid vaccinating their children on the basis of personal belief.
Medical officials now believe that a vaccination for measles is quite necessary, as the real danger to public health outweighs the individual's choice not to vaccinate.
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