August 5, 2011
The story is never ending. The number of vaccines given to children nowadays is ever growing and so is the concern. Even though Big Pharma is backed by politicians who are now enforcing laws to make one believe that vaccines are absolutely mandatory, a majority of parents are still choosing to vaccinate regardless of their doubts and apprehensions.
In a recent article found in The Herold, author Sharon Salyer focuses on the ever growing debate and controversy around vaccinations.
Her main focus in the article is the recent law passed on July 22nd in Washington State. The new law seeks to close a loophole that many parents used to avoid providing proof of vaccinations to schools. All they had to do was sign a piece of paper saying they had religious, medical or personal objections to vaccines.
Now, parents must meet with a medical provider, get a signed letter confirming that the consultation took place, and provide the note to child-care centers or schools. That could mean an extra cost to parents of about $90 to $100.
The new law became a recent concern since Washington state leads the nation in the percentage of parents opting out of vaccinations for their kindergarten-age children. This meant 6.2% of these children were missing one or more immunizations in the 2009-10 school year, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Since 1997, there’s been a steady statewide decline in the number of school children from kindergarten through high school who are fully vaccinated.
“This isn’t about protecting one child; it’s about protecting the entire community,” said Dr. Gary Goldbaum, health officer for the Snohomish Health District, in regards to the new law.