A Closer Look At OC's Anti-Vaccination Cluster

South County parents are opting out of the CDC schedule altogether

For now, parents with schoolchildren in California can opt out of vaccines by simply signing a personal belief exemption (PBE). And they're doing so at a growing rate.

According to the Orange County Health Care Agency, 1.1 percent of kindergartners at public schools had exemptions in 2001. The latest 2011 data pin the county rate at 2.9 percent, slightly higher than the statewide rate of 2.4 percent.

But the issue intensifies in South County. In communities such as San Clemente, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo and Capistrano Beach, where Dr. Bob Sears practices, there are clusters of unvaccinated children. Last year, at 15 of the 40 elementary schools in the Capistrano Unified School District, more than 10 percent of kindergartners had waivers, according to data from the California Department of Public Health. At one public charter school, Journey, 56 percent of kindergartners were unvaccinated, at least partially, due to their parents' beliefs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that infections can spread quickly within a group when as few as 5 percent to 10 percent lack vaccination.

"We're seeing a resurgence of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and pertussis," says Dr. David Nunez, family-health medical director of the Orange County Health Care Agency. "Many of these diseases have the potential to causes severe illness or death for infants." In 2010, more than 9,000 cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, were reported in California, including 10 infant fatalities, which is the largest the state has seen in more than 60 years. The CDC recently announced that 2012 will likely be a record year for the disease.

According to Marcus Walton, spokesperson for the Capistrano Unified School District, it's not up to school officials to impose on family decisions. "As a district, we can inform parents about the value of immunizations, but ultimately, it is up to the parents to determine what is in the best interest of their child," he says.

Parents who choose to not vaccinate are generally well-educated and from affluent areas. Nicole Rafferty, a 37-year-old in Mission Viejo, is part of Moms In Charge, a thousand-member group that discusses issues related to children and health. While the organization, which often meets in South Orange County, doesn't have an official stance on vaccinations, many of the moms at least question them—including Rafferty, who has decided to not vaccinate her 3-year-old son and 3-month-old daughter.

"I haven't been convinced that vaccines won't damage my child's life," she says. "Catching whooping cough means two weeks of treatment, antibiotics, high doses of vitamin C. But if my child has an adverse reaction to the DPT vaccine, that can mean lifelong brain damage."

She adds, "The CDC is looking at it for the larger population. It's like when you go to war. You know a certain amount of civilians are going to die. It's sad, but that's part of war. I have to weigh the pros and cons for my child."

 

For more on the Great Vaccine Debate, see Michelle Woo's profile of Dr. Robert Sears.

This article appeared in print as "Host Bodies: A closer look at OC's anti-vaccination cluster."

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Lawrencium
Lawrencium

 @mels133 MMS is bleach. You are telling us to feed our children bleach.

mels133
mels133

 @Lawrencium Sorry to tell you this, but it is not bleach. I have been drinking it for 5 years and it is not bleach Period. It is Chlorine Dioxide not chlorine Bleach big difference  Chlorine Dioxide is Cl02 which is a gas and does not harm the body. Do your research.

Noneformethanks
Noneformethanks like.author.displayName 1 Like

One of the biggest reasons more and more parents are opting out, is that more and more kids are being injured by vaccines. My friends and family watched my son go from a healthy, happy and normal toddler, to a non-verbal, severely disabled for life child. Scared? Heck yes they are. The medical community and public health machine that did this to him tell us it was a coincidence. Why do we look for answers from the culprits? We will never allow him to have another vaccine.

drking33
drking33

If anyone needs credible evidence of the harm that DTaP vaccines may do, please read the package inserts, section 6.2 for any of the DTap vaccines like, for example, GlaxosmithKline's Infanrix, which reports, under "Nervous System Disorders": Encephalopathy (brain inflammation), which causes BRAIN damage.

 

SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) is listed as a adverse outcome under "General Disorders and Administration Site Disorders".

 

Thus, DTaP vaccines can cause brain inflammation and sudden death.

 

Moreover, based on the relative reporting in the VAERS (the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System) database, the DTaP vaccines are only about "40%" safer when it comes to infant death in those under 1 year of age (1997-2000; averaging 71.75 "pertussis"-vaccine-related deaths per year in this 4-yr period) than the DTwcP vaccines were in the period from 1991 through 1994 (averaging 124.5 deaths per year in a comparable 4-yr period), where all vaccine doses were Thimerosal-preserved!.

 

If you really want to understand: a) how deficient all of the "pertussis" vaccines are when it comes to preventing "whooping cough" cases and b) the reality about the rough magnitude of the infant deaths in those under 1 year of age where the DTaP-containing vaccines are implicated in causing infant deaths, please read the in-depth, science-based review posted at:

http://dr-king.com/docs/120806_PGKDrftRevu_Anti_vaccineMovementCausesTheWorstWhoopingCoughEpidemicIn70Yrs_fnlr2b.pdf

 

 

Lawrencium
Lawrencium

 @drking33 -  Paul King, PhD, is a close associate of Dr. Mark Geier, the chemical castration doctor whose medical license has been pulled in about five states. In addition to misrepresenting VAERS and clinging to the discredited Vaccine-Autism link, King also says vaccines didn't eliminate smallpox.

 

Does Dr. Bob really want to compromise public health in order to make people like Paul King feel important? Apparently so.

marcellaterry
marcellaterry

 @Lawrencium

 Vaccines didn't elminate smallpox. Smallpox was endemic world-wide. Less than 10% of the world's population ever received the smallpox vaccine. If you believe the myth of vaccine-induced herd immunity, which says 90-95% of the population must be vaccinated (and up-to-date on their vaccines) in order to protect the rest of "the herd" - you can easily see how smallpox died out on its own. Vaccines had nothing to do with it.

Lawrencium
Lawrencium

"Catching whooping cough means two weeks of treatment, antibiotics, high doses of vitamin C. But if my child has an adverse reaction to the DPT (sic) vaccine, that can mean lifelong brain damage."

 

There is no credible evidence that DTaP causes brain damage. Another vaccine myth gone unchallenged by the OC Weekly.

Noneformethanks
Noneformethanks like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @Lawrencium

 The government vaccine damage program has paid out over 2 BILLION dollars to families of children brain-damaged by vaccines, and most them were from DPT. It is an incredibly dangerous vaccine.

marcellaterry
marcellaterry

 @Noneformethanks

 And, there have never been any safety studies for the DTap. They compared the incidence of adverse reactions between two groups: The experimental group got the DTap. The "control" group got the DPT. By definition, a control group is supposed to get a placebo. By definition, a placebo cannot have a physiological effect on the body. There was no placebo, therefore any inference of "safety studies" is null and void. This practice is not limited to the DTap. It's standard operating procedure for vaccine manufacturers.

Momtovaxinjured
Momtovaxinjured

 @Lawrencium Are you familiar with the term Encephalopathy? It's on the package insert for the DTaP listed as an adverse reaction I suggest you look it up.  http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/encephalopathy/encephalopathy.htm  My daughter was injured by the DTaP vaccine and received brain injury amongst many other diagnosis.  I live daily with an 8 year old child who was damaged by vaccines. They are still a medication and anyone can be damaged by them.  The CDC wouldn't maintain the VAERS "voluntary" reporting system if there were no vaccine injuries. 

 

marcellaterry
marcellaterry

 @MomtovaxinjuredAnd the U.S. government would not have rewarded more than 2.3 Billion dollars to the parents of vaccine-injured children if vaccine injuries did not exist.

 

Lawrencium
Lawrencium

 @Momtovaxinjured -  Package inserts are written by lawyers. There is no credible scientific evidence linking DTaP (or DTP) to encephalopathy. "Adverse events" are based on VAERS reports. VAERS is a voluntary reporting system that is unsuitable for determining causation. Are you familiar with the term "voluntary reporting system?"

evile69
evile69 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Baraff LJ et al (1983) Pediatr Infect Dis. 1983 Jan-Feb;2(1):7-11.

Lawrencium
Lawrencium

 @evile69 Your "proof" is 30 years old. And DTaP wasn't used in 1983, 

 
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