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Mon, Feb 02
Sue parents who didn’t vaccinate?
I heard it over dinner at a friend’s house. I talked about it on a call with a scientist. I discussed it while waiting for public health officials to issue an update on the measles outbreak.
The same murmured question, the same growing fear.
What happens if a child dies because some parents decided not to vaccinate their own kid?
What happens if it’s my child?
Thankfully, it’s still a hypothetical. But there’s reason to worry: More than 100 people in six states are now sick with the measles, in an outbreak that can be traced directly back to Disneyland. Dozens of newborns have been put into isolation.
Public health officials from California to Chicago are warning that this outbreak is only going to grow.
And there’s also reason to be angry: This outbreak began with Americans who chose to skip getting vaccinated. But now, they’re not the only ones getting sick.