In North Carolina, schools and communities are facing a chickenpox outbreak. Out of 152 students, 110 have not been vaccinated. Many parents claim the reason they have not vaccinated their kids is because vaccination is against the religion they believe in. Parents also claim that vaccination can increase autism risk. Even though this has been debunked, parents are still worried about the autism risk. US health officials say that it is safer for children to be vaccinated than to get chickenpox because chickenpox can spread easily without human contact, and can be life threatening to people with weak bodies such as children, babies, and pregnant woman.
The chickenpox outbreak in North Carolina is unacceptable. Parents are claiming that the reason they aren’t vaccinating their kids is because it is against their religion, but this puts everybody in the community in danger. It is understandable that vaccinations are not what they personally believe in, but “vaccination is the best protection for chickenpox” (BBC News). Although many might think that chickenpox is not a serious virus, the vaccination prevents “3.5 million cases of chickenpox, 9000 hospitalizations and 100 deaths,” (Citizen Times). Chickenpox is also is a highly contagious virus, and can be transferred without human touch. Schools and health departments in North Carolina should stand their ground and declare strong, reinforced rules on vaccinations in order to protect every single person in the community. The chickenpox outbreak is only happening in North Carolina but if this continues, other states might think that this is acceptable. Viruses will be passed around, spreading to different states, causing hospitalizations and even death. In the end, the North Carolina outbreak needs to be stopped, and this starts by vaccinations.
- What do you think about the outbreak?
- Why do you think some parents aren’t vaccinating their kids, other than for religious reasons? Are there any other reasons?
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“Anti-Vaccine Community behind North Carolina Chickenpox Outbreak.” BBC News, BBC, 19 Nov. 2018, www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46267038.
Board, The Editorial. “EDITORIAL: Asheville’s Anti-Vaccine Problem Earns City a New Badge of Dishonor.” Citizen Times, The Citizen-Times, 28 Nov. 2018, www.citizen-times.com/story/opinion/2018/11/27/asheville-anti-vaccine-problem-chickenpox-outbreak-waldorf-school-editorial-vaccination-nc/2079555002/.