The Centers for Disease Control reported Monday that the state of Maine ranks fifth in terms of parents who decline or outright refuse to vaccinate their kids. The conclusion was based on the amount of reported unvaccinated children attending kindergarten in the state. Maine officials are concerned and what’s worse is that, according to the Portland Press Herald, the rates of unvaccinated kids are up 3.9 percent from last year.
The paper also points out that the states with the highest rates of unvaccinated children are Oregon, Idaho, Vermont and Michigan. The anti-vaccine movement is obviously been very effective there and in the four other states listed. As a result, in 2012 Maine had a extremely high amount of cases of whooping cough. Fortunately, it has spurned state lawmakers into action. One legislator has introduced a bill that would make opting out more difficult, respectfully. If passed, the bill would require the consent of a medical professional before a parent could opt out of vaccinating their kids.
It is perplexing that the anti-vaccine movement is still persisting in their cause to unvaccinated the world. To do so, essentially, says that there is a right to infect others. By refusing to vaccinate is essentially tantamount to imposing a risk on someone else they did not consent to. A clear violation of the rights of another since by refusing to vaccinate you can become a host for a virus that can mutate into a deadlier strain. This is what happened during the Influenza Pandemic of 1918 in which the strain of flu that went around mutated and ended up killing hundreds of thousands of people.
Maine and other states with low vaccination rates may want to consider Mississippi’s policy. As a result of the states persistent vaccination policy, Mississippi enjoys the highest vaccination rates in the country.