Facts, not Fantasy

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Epiphenomenon: Herd Immunity

I generally don't post things on this blog page that delve into my own personal philosophy.  And that is not the intent of this post either (hence why I changed the title from how it was published).  The reason I bring this up is because of a very relevant item in this article.  I will only quote the relevant part on an article talking about outbreaks of vaccine preventable disease in the Netherlands:
Vaccination was a little lower in areas with a lot of Orthodox Protestants - 93.6%, compared with 96.9% elsewhere. That's a small difference, but it only takes a small drop in vaccination rates to decrease 'herd' immunity to the point where an epidemic can break out.

I think that about says it all.  I expect that we will see more outbreaks in the US because of the anti-vax pro-disease movement more than anything else.

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