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    Filed at 4:31 pm under by dcobranchi

    A really ugly (mis)lede:

    Last year’s measles outbreak in northwest Indiana, the nation’s largest in nearly a decade, could have been avoided, health officials say, had home- schooled children been vaccinated against the disease. So could a mumps outbreak last year that affected more than 2,500 people.

    Indiana has a religious exemption law, so even if every one of these kids had been in the g-schools it would have made no difference. The fact is that this outbreak had nothing to do with education. It’s a freedom of religion issue.

    3 Responses to “IT’S ALL OUR FAULT”


    Comment by
    Unique
    August 12th, 2006
    at 7:28 pm

    Or that people who HAD been vaccinated also came down with the disease.


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    August 12th, 2006
    at 9:53 pm

    So how does their chosen means of fulfilling the compulsory attendnace statutes have anything to do with public health? I’ll say it again– these kids could just as easily have been g-schoolers. Then what? Are you going to work to repeal the religious exemption law? Good luck with that windmill.


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    August 13th, 2006
    at 9:41 am

    Yes, and in the NEJM or a public health journal it’s entirely appropriate to describe the cohort. In the lay press it will only serve to create alarm and a call to have mandatory vaccines for all HEKs.

    I’m not anti-vaccines; we’ve had vaccinated all of our kids. I’m against the press trying to make this a homeschooling issue.