What do Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn and evangelical Dutch Christians have in common?
Both group respects their god so much, they won’t do a thing when their kids get — and spread — the measles, and both communities are fighting an outbreak right now.
In the United States,
Another infectious disease is running through the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn. More than 50 children have developed measles this spring — the third or fourth measles problem in the community in the last six years, and following closely on the heels of a mumps outbreak in 2009–10 that affected more than 3,000 people… [T]he cause is quite simple. Kids aren’t getting vaccinated.
And this, from the Netherlands [article in Dutch]:
“God knows what’s good for your child. Vaccination is an expression of one’s lack of trust in Him,” says a Christian mom. …
In the Dutch Bible Belt, the vaccination rate is far below the national average. That makes an outbreak in the region a particularly large risk. Frequently, measles, mumps, and whooping cough emerge and spread at great speed.
If that happens, then everyone is at risk, believers and non-believers alike – at least those who haven’t been vaccinated, and those whose vaccine-related immunity has lessened over time.
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