I will give two answers to this question. About immigrants, this answer is roughly what we found. Although there are a few low-income schools (likely with many immigrants) that have lower rates, they are often brought up to high levels very quickly.
The data showed that charter schools and private schools do not improve as much or bring their rates to high levels.
As for the second answer, several of these comments are indicative of the divide between people who do and don't vaccine. Arguments on either side will not convince people to think about or change their position. And they often have not very nice things to say about the other side.
This will again be part of our next story.
There is a lot of information on the Internet both for and against vaccines. When we talked to Dr. Arturo Gonzalez, an Arizona pediatrician who is president of the Arizona chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, he advised against using "Dr. Google" for the answer. Rather, talk to your pediatrician. The CDC's pink book on vaccinations also provides good statistical information, including pre-and post-vaccine morbidity statistics.
But as Rob said: A lot of these pro and anti vaccine issues will be addressed in our next story.
This story was to identify rates in schools.
That's right. Doctors are not reimbursed very well for vaccines. I'm sorry if that wasn't clear in my previous post.
This is a question I need to ask for those who believe there is no evidence that vaccines work. What about smallpox? It was one of the largest killers in history. Wiped out millions of people.
We don't have to get vaccinated for smallpox anymore because it has been eradicated from the world. Vaccinations eliminated it from the world as a disease. How do you address this?
Yes, I will add to what Rob said: look at haemophilus influenzae, now preventable in babies with the Hib vaccine. Before the vaccine, haemophilus influenzae killed nearly half of the babies who contracted it, and those who survived often had lasting damage.
There are a lot of groups who believe they are giving the best information. A group with excellent unbiased information in Arizona is The Arizona Partnership for Immunization.
One of the doctors we spoke to mentioned "birds of a feather" - so the worst thing to do is just rely on word-of-mouth from fellow parents. Best to go directly to a trusted medical source.
This is the main point of our story. Science has shown that the concept of herd immunity protects the weak, unvaccinated, those whose vaccines didn't work and babies who are too young to be vaccinated.
The unvaccinated do serve as vectors for the vaccine preventable disease, which is why unvaccinated children are excluded from schools when there is an outbreak.
This is what is happening with measles. The US declared that measles was eradicated in the US in 2000. But there are still outbreaks of the disease because those infected with measles come to the US and inflect a population that is increasingly not vaccinated against measles.
Measles cases hit a 15 year high in 2011. Highest since 1996
There are low-cost back to school clinics offered through Pima County this summer. Also, medical students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine are offering free shot clinics at the Community Food Bank this summer.
Parents are not forced to immunize their children. They can sign a personal belief waiver if they have personal or religious objection.
They can also get a medical waiver, but that must be signed by a doctor.
Although the personal belief and medical waivers are allowed, children who are unvaccinated can be set home from school if there is a disease outbreak.
Some experts suggest it may also help to speak with people who remember vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks before the vaccines were developed. Thousands of children were paralyzed from polio in the 20th century, and nearly 17,000 in the U.S. died.