Texas Measles Outbreak: Another Vaccination Debate That Throws Home Schooling In The Mix

So the debate rages on about which vaccinations parents should give their children as a measles flair up in Texas has caused a stir. From the Liberal blog Think Progress:

Texas’ state epidemiologist reported this week that he has traced the origins of the outbreak, which first emerged about two weeks ago. After a man became sick with measles while traveling to Indonesia, he passed the infection to the other attendees at the megachurch — which repeatedly attracts over a thousand people each Sunday — when he returned home. Measles spread to the congregation, the staff, and a daycare center on church property.

Even though the Texas county where the church is located has an overall vaccination rate of about 98 percent, state officials note that Eagle Mountain International Church includes a “pocket” of people who aren’t vaccinated. The children who contracted measles there are homeschooled, so their parents haven’t been required by state law to get them their measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine. That’s likely because senior pastor Terri Pearsons has expressed unfounded skepticism about vaccines in the past, repeating the widely debunked conspiracy theory that they can lead to autism.

I am no fan of megachurches nor those who advocate not seeking medical help when their child becomes sick. We have vaccinated our three kids except for the chicken pox and MMR. Ask any parent whose child is autistic and I bet you they will say they saw an immediate connection between the MMR vaccine and autism. Parents will have to make up their own minds about the connection, but going to the extreme of not getting help for your sick child is abusive to me. I notice how the article takes jab at home schooling as well. I wonder if some sort of “health emergency” could be called some day and a forced vaccination happens as a result. The Left hates home schooling and will probably do what it can to stop it, if given a reasonable opportunity. I would like to see some studies, or look more when I have time, about any long term positive health benefits to actually having the chicken pox or the measles. Maybe a better immune system in old age?

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