Maine Families for Vaccines Coalition
“Our organization is pleased to join the No on 1 Coalition because we care deeply about the health and safety of all Mainers. We will not support veto efforts that roll back modern medicine and leave our schools and communities vulnerable to outbreaks of diseases eliminated long ago.”
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APRIL 6: PORTLAND PRESS HERALD
Maine’s rate of parents opting their children out of school-required vaccines reached an all-time high this year, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, alarming public health experts and making the state vulnerable to the return of preventable infectious diseases such as measles, pertussis and chickenpox.
MARCH 26, 2019: WIRED
Researchers at the CDC estimated that handling 107 cases of measles that occurred in 2011 cost state and local health departments between $2.7 million and $5.3 million.
APRIL 6: SUIT UP MAINE
Suit Up Maine has chosen to correct some of those false claims by offering an annotated version of testimony given by Sen. David Miramant (D-Knox) in opposition to LD 798. We encourage Sen. Miramant’s constituents and all Mainers to speak out to correct false information whenever and wherever they see it.
APRIL 9: PORTLAND PRESS HERALD
With outbreaks of measles popping up then and now, we feel safer knowing our whole family benefits from this choice. Nonetheless, we still live with the worry that measles could be an occupational hazard for my husband. This does not need to be the case, and it should not be the case.
MARCH 21, 2019: SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Opting Out of Vaccines Should Opt You Out of American SocietyThere is no moral difference between a drunk driver and a willfully unvaccinated person. Both are selfishly, recklessly and knowingly putting the lives of everyone they encounter at risk. Their behavior endangers the health, safety and livelihood of the innocent bystanders who happen to have the misfortune of being in their path.APRIL 10: PORTLAND PRESS HERALD2019 Kindergarten Vaccination Exemption Rates by School This data table lists the exemption rate from infectious disease vaccinations for kindergarten classes in Maine schools in the 2018-19 school year.
APRIL 11: PORTLAND PRESS HERALD
The bill – approved on a 8-5 party-line vote, with all Democrats voting in favor – will now go to the full state Legislature for floor votes. “We have to come down on the side of the greater good,” said Rep. Victoria Kornfield, D-Bangor and co-chair of the committee.April 10: Washington Post
Anti-vaxxers are comparing themselves to Holocaust victims — who relied on vaccines to survive Anti-vaccination protesters have begun wearing yellow stars, claiming that rules based on vaccination status are analogous to the inhumane treatment of Jews during the Holocaust.APRIL 9: WASHINGTON POST CDC finds 78 new measles cases as outbreak sprints toward record and experts blame anti-vaxxersFor the second week in a row, U.S. health officials added dozens of new reports to the year’s list of confirmed measles cases, bringing the total to 465 — already the highest number in the past five years.APRIL 5: PORTLAND PRESS HERALD Whooping cough cases more than doubled in 1st quarter, with 41 in March alone Maine had 136 cases of pertussis through March 2019, compared with 59 in the same time period last year, according to data released Friday by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The 2018 numbers – 446 for the entire year – were the worst per-capita rate in the nation.APRIL 5: MAINE PUBLIC Maine Vaccination Rates Reach New Low With the exception of the varicella vaccine, immunization rates in Maine have dropped below the herd immunity level of 95 percent. That’s the threshold above which the spread of disease within a population is unlikely, even among those who are unvaccinated.APRIL 4, 2019: SKEPTICAL RAPTOR Vaccine medical exemptions – California legislature aims to curb abuse
While the medical board can take action against doctors writing exemption – and is in the process of doing so in multiple cases – it faces an evidentiary obstacle: the parents benefiting from the exemption have no incentive to cooperate, and the information is harder to obtain without such cooperation.
APRIL 2: NEWS CENTER MAINEPerson with measles visited these 2 Maine businesses on March 27: CDCMaine CDC says it was notified on April 1 by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health of a confirmed case of measles in a Massachusetts resident, who had visited two Maine businesses last Wednesday, March 27.MARCH 21, 2019: THE VERGENew research targets anti-vaccination comments on FacebookAnti-vaccination content on Facebook extends beyond the thoroughly debunked myth that vaccines cause autism, a new study reports. Instead, a team of researchers found four flavors of anti-vaccine misinformation that may discourage parents from vaccinating their children.MARCH 18, 2019: VOICE OF SAN DIEGO
Dr. Tara Zandvliet has written nearly one-third of all 486 medical exemptions from vaccinations for the entire San Diego Unified School District, according to vaccination records obtained by Voice of San Diego. Medical exemptions have been climbing since a 2015 state law limited parents’ ability to obtain personal belief exemptions.