Sonoma County public health officials have seen a rapid influx in the number of cases of whooping cough in 2014, so many that the disease could reach epidemic levels by the end of the year. A California law requires students to get a whooping cough vaccine before they begin seventh-grade, but parents can sign an exemption form to waive that requirement. A vast majority of those who took part in this week’s unofficial online poll feel that parents should get their children vaccinated to prevent the spread of disease.
Here were some of the comments:
“If there are a group of parents that are vehemently opposed to vaccinations of any kind then they should band together and form their own schools. They should really consider the danger their un-vaccinated kids present to children that have immune deficiency.”
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“It’s very selfish not to vaccinate your children, it is only putting them and others at risk of horrible contagious diseases.”
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“I understand that this is a very sensitive issue, and I generally believe that people should have the right to choose based on their own individual belief systems. But the defining factor, in my opinion, is whether or not that choice may potentially have a negative effect on others and not vaccinating kids does have that potential.”
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“Quarantine Sebastopol.”
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“Vaccination protects not only the one child, but all the other kids around that child. Alternatively, if your kid is sick, keep them home so as not to share the illness. And that means not in schools; not in the public at stores, restaurants, picnics, movies; or anywhere else. Please, keep them home and wash your hands.”
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“Aren’t they supposed to for entry into schools? Too many anecdotal scientists out there.”
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“I have a 5-month-old grandchild and got a whooping cough booster to make sure I did not pass the disease on to her.”