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Do it for the herd

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Everyone in health care knows about the great vaccine debate. It is almost as contested as Health Care Reform. Personally, if I can avoid having diseases that make me febrile, itchy, or otherwise considered a social outcast—I’m all for it!

There is a concept called ‘herd immunity” which means that people don’t vaccinate their children because they rely on the ‘herd” to be immunized and therefore their child would be protected by default. However, this herd concept is failing. According to the World Health Organization, failure to vaccinate is responsible for a measles outbreak in Europe. More than 6,500 cases of measles have been reported in 33 European nations between March and January, including 4,937 cases in France alone, the Associated Press reported.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to get measles. I don’t want my kid to get measles. I don’t want my friends kids to get measles. Make an informed decision about vaccinations—based on science and research, not any actor’s opinion. Please do it for the herd.

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Rebekah Child

Rebekah Child attended the University of Southern California for her bachelor's in nursing and decided to brave the academic waters and return for her master's in nursing education, graduating in 2003 from Mount St. Mary's. Rebekah has also taught nursing clinical and theory at numerous Southern California nursing schools and has been an emergency nurse since 2002. She is currently one of the clinical educators for an emergency department in Southern California and a student (again!) in the doctoral program at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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  1. Emily

    Isn’t the point of herd immunity that everyone who can get vaccinations SHOULD, to protect the people who absolutely can’t due to health reasons and/or allergies? If everyone stopped getting immunizations with the idea that the “herd” would protect them, there would eventually be NO herd to protect them!