Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers: Many Oregon Schools Have Nonmedical Vaccine Exemption Rates Over 50 Percent

The state of Oregon allows quite literally anyone — whether they believe that illnesses are a blight directly from Satan to humanity and God will heal those who have enough faith, or that vaccines are part of a globalist world depopulation scheme, or even if they believe that vaccines are directly linked to autism in order to opt-out of the requirement that their precious little snowflakes be properly inoculated before attending school — a frighting number of parents are taking advantage of the opportunity to place their children (and others) at risk.

A whopping thirteen schools in the state have Nonmedical Exemption Rates above 50 percent, with some schools hovering at around 70 percent of students who are not vaccinated adequately.

“The Nonmedical Exemption County number includes children with a nonmedical exemption for all required vaccines, and children with a nonmedical exemption for one or more vaccines who are up-to-date or complete for vaccines for which they do not have exemptions,” according to the Oregon Health Authority.

St. Thomas Becket Academy, which leads the state with a staggering 72 percent exemption rate, has only 29 students who have received all of their inoculations. Another institution, Eugene Waldorf School, has a 68 percent nonmedical exemption rate.

To make matters worse, KVAL reports that a man in Eugene Oregon who vacationed at Disneyland in California may have exposed others to the virus. As of yet, no additional cases linked to the man’s vacation have been reported. More than 70 cases of measles have been linked to the theme park, so far.

California, where some schools’ vaccination rates are as low as South Sudan’s (though in South Sudan, parents have difficulty getting their children vaccinated because of an ongoing civil war rather than stupidity), has been a hotspot for outbreaks of measles and whooping cough — two afflictions that can be prevented if people are properly vaccinated.

The Daily Banter notes that measles cases in the United States have hit a 25-year high:

“The CDC says there were 644 new measles cases in 27 separate states last year, the most this country has seen in almost 25 years. The cause: people who refuse to vaccinate their kids because they’re afraid the vaccines themselves are dangerous. As the report says, the vast majority of these infected were unvaccinated. Because as you know, the (absolutely unproven) threat of your kid suddenly becoming autistic because he gets the MMR vaccine — just like Jenny McCarthy’s did (sad face) — is so much more daunting than the possibility of him coming down with a highly contagious disease that was declared eradicated 15 years ago and which has the potential to kill him.

“A separate report in the Post sums up the irony of the anti-vaccination movement nicely, declaring it ‘fueled by an over-privileged group of rich people grouped together who swear they won’t put any chemicals in their kids (food or vaccines or whatever else), either because it’s trendy to be all-natural or they don’t understand or accept the science of vaccinations.’ But the report also concedes the obvious: that arguing with anti-vaxxers is worthless, that it only makes them retreat further to their faulty positions, their Google Search Science and the comfort of knowing all the equally clueless mothers in their neighborhood feel the same way they do. You can tell these people that their decision isn’t simply their decision, that it’s one being made for children who aren’t theirs — children whose lives their little walking Petri dishes are putting in jeopardy — and they’ll just shrug it off and tell you about a report they read on the [I]nternet somewhere.

Unfortunately, if parents don’t step up to the plate and do right by their children, Oregon will experience the same problems as California — and that is not OK.