The measles outbreak is of particular concern in Oregon, home to the highest rate of unvaccinated children in the country. Parents have been warned to get their children vaccinated by Wednesday or face expulsion from school.
The state of Oregon is making Jolynn Reynolds watch an educational video before she can opt out of having her child vaccinated. Reynolds is claiming a philosophical exemption, allowing her kids to go to school without their required vaccinations.
“I’m their parent, I’m in charge of that decision and I sure would hate to inject them with something that has a potential high risk of hurting them,” said Reynolds.
Watching the video, she told me, won’t change her mind.
In 2000 about one percent of Oregon kindergartners were not fully vaccinated for philosophical or religious reasons. Last year it jumped to seven percent – the highest rate in the country. At some Oregon schools more than half the kids lack protection from diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella.