Monday, November 19, 2018

NC hit with worst chickenpox outbreak in 20 years

A chickenpox epicenter has taken hold at a school in North Carolina where many families claimed religious exemption from vaccines. Asheville Waldorf School serves children from nursery school to sixth grade in Asheville, North Carolina. About a dozen infections grew to 28 at the beginning of the month. Now there are 36 cases.
It's the worst outbreak since the chickenpox vaccine became available more than 20 years ago. The flare-up demonstrates the real-life consequences of 'junk science' and religious zealots. The claim of an autism risk, though it has been completely debunked, has remained the rallying cry of the anti-vaccine movement. The CDC warns chickenpox is serious, even life threatening to "babies, adolescents, adults, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems."