Hundreds of anti-vaxxers went outside of a public hearing in Washington in order to protest a bill that would make it even harder for families to leave aside the idea of vaccines. As you probably already know, a measles outbreak is happening right now in Washington, where about 52 cases have been confirmed so far, and dozens are suspected.
What’s the new bill about?
This new bill will take away parent’s capacity to leave aside the idea of vaccinating their children for measles, rubella, and mumps, because of “personal or philosophical exemption.” Paul Harris was the one to introduce the bill, which, if nothing gets changed, would continue to allow parents to let aside the vaccinations, because of religious or medical reasons.
He found it very appalling that peanuts are no longer available in schools, but unvaccinated kids just walk around the hallways of the school because of personal reasons.
Let us remind you that the government has declared a state of emergency in January, because there is a measles outbreak.
What had Robert F. Kennedy Jr to say about this?
Robert F. Kennedy Jr was the one to protest the bill, saying that there is not really a good thing to have a country that forces its parents or children to risky medical mediations without their informed consent.
In Pacific Northwest there is the lowest vaccination rate in the entire nation. If 90 to 95% of the population would get vaccinated, outbreaks could really be prevented. In 2000, measles was declared eliminated, because of vaccinations. In Washington, where the outbreak is happening, the rate is at 78%.
Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.