All wealthy liberal areas.
I just found out last week that a friend of mine with a four-year-old didn't vaccinate her kid. She's intelligent. Educated. Comes from a wealthy family. Didn't do it. Not worth the risk, she said. She'd been scared into avoiding vaccinations by Jenny McCarthy's campaign five years ago, which the media hungrily picked up and ran with. But now that the craze has calmed down and he kid is about to go to organized school, she'd rethinking her position.
This paranoia kills kids. Vaccinations are important. Do your part for your community.
Whooping cough outbreak in Boulder | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine
Medical officials are saying that there have been 37 cases of pertussis — whooping cough — reported in my hometown of Boulder so far this year.
We’re not even 100 days into 2012 yet.
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This outbreak might shock you, especially considering Boulder is one of the most educated cities in the United States. But in fact, I’ve been wondering if and when something like this might happen here. Denial of the benefits of vaccination is strong in educated areas, like Boulder or Marin county, California — being educated doesn’t mean you get things right, and in fact can make people believe in their own knowledge even more strongly. They go online and find antivax literature which magnifies their own beliefs.
Also, these tend to be more left-leaning areas, and the antivax movement does better there. The result? A little baby, not even two months old, is recovering from a nearly-fatal event that was totally preventable if enough people were vaccinated. Herd immunity would have prevented this whole thing. Natalie is too young to get a pertussis vaccine herself, so babies like her rely on adults — us — to be immunized against these diseases.