Oh, my! School and health officials in Indiana are concerned about the loss of “herd immunity” because parents in the state are exercising their legal right to religious exemption from vaccination!The nurse in this article wants readers to believe they are at risk of losing protection from “herd immunity” because 340 out of 25,500 students in Johnson County public schools are claiming exemptions from vaccination; 258 of those have religious exemptions.
Indiana Association of School Nurses president Chris Amidon brazenly accuses parents of lying about their religious beliefs in order to claim exemptions simply because “they don’t want to vaccinate their children.”
I call FOUL!
Chris Amidon needs to be held accountable for questioning the religious beliefs of the parents of 1% of children who attend public school in Johnson County. Is she saying that Johnson County is akin to Sodom and Gomorrah? Is she saying that there couldn’t possibly be 1% of the population of Johnson County who hold deeply religious beliefs that would lead them to believe GOD, the CREATOR of the human immune system, knew what He was doing?As for Dana Greenwood, state health department chief nurse immunization consultant… the one who is so concerned about the loss of “herd immunity” (which, BTW does not exist), she needs to go back to school and learn some basic math principles. Even those who believe vaccine-induced herd immunity exists will tell you it is maintained at 90% vaccination rate. With 340 students out of 25,500 claiming exemptions (medical and religious), Johnson County has a 98.7% vaccination rate. So what is she concerned about?
AHHHH!!!! Her paycheck!! No vaccines= no paycheck for the immunization consultant!Here’s the thing… there is NO SUCH THING as vaccine-induced “herd immunity.” The vast majority of adults walking around have not been “up-to-date” on their vaccines since elementary school. At LEAST 50% of the population is walking around “unprotected” – that is, if vaccines were really providing protection from infectious diseases (another concept that has never been proven. Remember, correlation does not equal causation!). To learn more about the real reasons why infectious diseases have decreased in the United States, please click here.
So… if we have to have 90% vaccine coverage for “herd immunity” to be maintained, and we have had less than 50% coverage for the last several decades… AND we have not had huge outbreaks of infectious diseases during that time… well…. that kinda shoots a big, fat hole in the “herd immunity” scare tactic, doesn’t it?