About 13,000 children in New Jersey do not have vaccines that could protect them from childhood illnesses, according to the New Jersey Ministry of Health. illness distant from society – more frequent. The latest outbreaks in New Jersey have risen to 13 cases, according to health workers.
But many more schools are at risk to become the next place where children are sick of the disease preventing vaccination. Schools in Jersey have immunization rates below the required level to protect non-vaccinated children who visit them. In these schools, dozens of schools have very low standards of compliance, which makes them potential centers of infection, if outbreaks against the bark will continue. communities. "Like measles itself, the movement simply takes on life," said Michael Weinstein, Director of the New Jersey Network for Public Health on vaccine safety.
Researchers are worried when the level of vaccination falls below the "level of immunity of herds", the time when vaccinated children are so common and unvaccinated children are so few that it is difficult to spread the disease among unvaccinated children.
"If most people are pro-vaccinated and one person is anti-vaccine, the effect on the baby is low," said Rupalai Limae, Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute of Vaccine Safety Institute.
95% of children meet the full immunization requirement For its category, the higher limitations of most diseases require the immunity of the herd.At the county level, County Warren is the lowest and 92.7% meet the vaccine requirements.
Parents may seek different exceptions to avoid fulfilling these requirements. call In terms of medical conditions, which make the immune system of the child too poor for the treatment of vaccines, it was approximately the same in 201
Dr. Puthenamad Radhakrishnan, a pediatrician working in Ewing and Trenton, said that access to vaccines is another problem for families with low incomes. The state provides Medicaid for children, but not all providers accept it, he said.
He saw the results of poor first-hand vaccination during the flu. "It starts slowly, then suddenly from 20 to 30 percent of the school does not work," said Radhakrishnan, who also collaborates with NJIN through his partner, the American Academy of Pediatrics. dismissal, but faced with a reaction from religious and anti-vaccine groups. Parents claimed that this eliminated their freedom of choice for their children.
But Limey pointed out that many parents of anti-vaccines base their decisions on misinformation about the dangers of vaccines. They overestimate the amount of chemicals in the ingredients, overestimate how often side-effects occur, and underestimate how early their child needs to start getting vaccines to protect themselves from time when they fall into school. who are worried and do not despise them, "she said. "We must use the available ways to talk about science"
Dr. Radhakrishnan called on parents who were struggling to instill in their children, to seek affordable or free programs, such as vaccines for children. He said that outbreaks of vaccine-preventing diseases are the worst that we see. This is what pediatricians are trying to provide. " However, there are several things that parents need to know before they take a look. These figures are self-assessing by schools and not verified by the state. We eliminated schools where numbers did not fit, but we also can not guarantee that these schools are accurate.
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