Skip to comments.Anti-vaccination stronghold in N.C. hit with state’s worst chickenpox outbreak in 2 decades
Posted on 11/19/2018 12:36:26 PM PST by NRx
Chickenpox has taken hold of a school in North Carolina where many families claim religious exemption from vaccines.
Cases of chickenpox have been multiplying at the Asheville Waldorf School, which serves children from nursery school to sixth grade in Asheville, N.C. About a dozen infections grew to 28 at the beginning of the month. By Friday, there were 36, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported.
The outbreak ranks as the states worst since the chickenpox vaccine became available more than 20 years ago. Since then, the two-dose course has succeeded in limiting the highly contagious disease that once affected 90 percent of Americans a public health breakthrough.
The school is a symbol of the small but strong movement against the most effective means of preventing the spread of infectious diseases. The percentage of children under 2 years old who havent received any vaccinations has quadrupled since 2001, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Like the Disneyland measles outbreak in 2015, the flare-up demonstrates the real-life consequences of a shadowy debate fueled by junk science and fomented by the same sort of Twitter bots and trolls that spread misinformation during the 2016 presidential election. And it shows how a seemingly fringe view can gain currency in a place like Asheville, a funky, year-round resort town nestled between the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains.
The school follows immunization requirements put in place by the state board of education, but also recognizes that a parents decision to immunize their children happens before they enter school, the school explained in a statement to Blue Ridge Public Radio.
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So did the vaccinated kids or non-vaccinated kids come down with chickenpox?
I got the vaccines and booster shots when i was a kid and still got chickenpocks. And all the other ones too!
Stupid Parents=Sick Kids
My kids got it twice!
Once when they were under a year old, not too serious a case.
Then again when they were about three. Apparently the immune system isn’t fully mature when they are babies.
One of my kids came up to me, point to his arm, and said, “I have a ‘chicken pock’.” It turned out he was correct!
I think that some vaccinations are a really good idea and others less so. It used to be that you had a few vaccinations as a kid. I understand it’s more like 70 today. How did us old people ever survive?
I wouldnt want to be the parent that was too cool for vaccines when the polio outbreak hits and the vaccine has a 6 month waiting list.
So... is there any evidence whatsoever that there is a connection between vaccination refusal and this outbreak of chicken pox?
Or is the headline just another Fake News lie?
It is not uncommon in the midst of a chickenpox outbreak, for many anti-vaccine families to have their kids play with the infected kids to bring about chickenpox in their kids and “get it over with.” The theory is that it is healthier for their kids to have chickenpox “naturally” and be protected for life vs getting repetitive shots for life and risk getting it in adulthood where is can be more serious. Thus, this “outbreak” may be a managed “outbreak.”
I’d definitely get a polio vaccine. Thing is, some are a no brainer, while others could probably be avoided.
And home schooling doesn’t hurt either.
That is what we did when I was a kid. The mantra was to get it early and get it over with.
Hey, if a few were good a whole lot more has to be better.
The CDC schedule is app 23 vaccination from birth to 15 mos. Yeah, it's increased a few thousand % since when I was a kid.
My vaccinated son got it too. It was a mild case.
I got chicken pox not as a kid but when I was
34 from my 3 yo nephew when he came home
back from a trip to C. America.(mother was
naturalized US citizen visiting her family)
He had a virus and sore throat but I got the pocks.
Like a nastier, more scabrous poison ivy...
Theres a good chance Ill have shingles in next 5 years , so
Ill probsbly get the vaccination soon
I had my kids get it because one of my kids has terrible asthma and was routinely on steroids for it. Her susceptibility to a bad case of chicken pox was higher because of being on steroids.
None of my kids got it when they were very young, but my son got it when he was 8. His sister had outgrown having the steroids every day by then.
I have never read an article like this that details which kids get sick. If every one of the 36 wasn’t vaccinated, the debate would be over. However, just like you experienced, a certain % surely were vaccinated. Competent reporting would give us the data, but this is the WoPo.
I’m sorry to hear about that. Were you immunized against chickenpox as a child?
Look up shingles.
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