Three children in San Diego have been diagnosed with measles. They are all siblings and two of them attend the same charter school. None of them were vaccinated against measles.
Ten percent of the charter school’s 380 students were not vaccinated. The figure for most schools in San Diego County is 1 percent to 2 percent, said Jennifer Gorman of the San Diego district’s nursing and wellness program. The statewide average is about 1.5 percent, according to the California Department of Public Health.
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The three infections announced yesterday were defined as the first reported outbreak since 1991. An outbreak involves two or more cases from a single source.
I feel terrible for the children and angry at the parents. Just the other day I was talking with a nurse friend about what it will take to get people to stop being taken in by the anti-vaccination rhetoric. She mentioned that it would take something serious, like measles, to make an impact. I just hope that no one has to die in order for a change to happen.