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Talk about clusters? "Los Alamos schools top NM in vaccine exemptions" reports Albuquerque Journal.

Read and wonder whether the false framing applied to this issue is best demolished. Certainly, this doesn't fit.


Los Alamos schools top NM in vaccine exemptions

By Mark Oswald / El Norte
PUBLISHED: Friday, March 20, 2015 at 12:02 am

The tally is in, and the major New Mexico school district with the largest percentage of students opting out of vaccinations against contagious diseases is not in one of the state’s known hotbeds for crystal gazing, cradle therapy or psychic readings.

Nope, the highest percentage of vaccine exemptions is in New Mexico’s, and one of the world’s, science centers: Los Alamos.

According to a recent report by the state Department of Health, 2.3 percent of students in the Los Alamos Public Schools have exemptions from having to get vaccinations.

That’s a higher percentage than in the public schools of our New Age-friendly and alternative thought capitals of Santa Fe and Taos. The statewide average is less than 1 percent.

The rating for Los Alamos seems demographically in line with the findings of a 2014 survey by the Health Department of 794 vaccine-exemptor parents – 74 percent were Anglo and 67 percent had at least four years of college.

But one would think Los Alamos would be different. It’s a town founded on science, and the scientific evidence is overwhelming that vaccines don’t cause autism or other developmental disabilities. Many people in Los Alamos don’t just have college degrees – they’re scientists, with lots of degrees. Los Alamos National Laboratory in fact has done some heavy research on infectious disease and development of an HIV vaccine.

“That’s a curiosity to me, as well,” said Los Alamos schools superintendent Gene Schmidt of his district’s relatively high rate of vaccination exemptions among what he called “a pretty scientific and literate community.”


Exemption Rates

Highest vaccine exemption rates among school New Mexico public school districts with at least 600 students:
* Los Alamos 2.3%
* Taos 2.0%
* Santa Fe 2.1%

Highest vaccine exemption rates among New Mexico counties for children 4 to 18 years old (state average is 0.8 percent):
* Taos 3.2%
* Los Alamos 3.1%
* De Baca 3.1%
* Santa Fe 2.6%
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Mar 26, 2015, 07:24 PM (0 replies)

The Star-Ledger Editorial Board and NJ legislature weigh in.


The latest Kennedy scandal: Railing about vaccines | Editorial

By Star-Ledger Editorial Board
on March 25, 2015 at 8:03 AM, updated March 25, 2015 at 9:11 AM

It's sad to see Robert F. Kennedy Jr. attach his great name to dangerous nonsense. And that is what the nephew of the late President John Kennedy and son of former U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy has done once again in New Jersey, by barging into the already-overwrought debate over childhood vaccines.

The first problem is that Kennedy doesn't understand the law being proposed. It does not remove the religious exemption for vaccines. It simply requires a parent to provide an explanation with the request, either by showing a note from a doctor or a notarized letter demonstrating a vaccine would violate "bona fide religious tenets."

The second problem is Kennedy himself. As he said at a news conference in Trenton, the primary reason people don't vaccinate is "mistrust" of government regulators. He, of all people, should know: He's marching at the head of that batty brigade. While Kennedy says he vaccinated his own children, he's notorious for his crazy-talk about a vast government conspiracy to hide the truth that a vaccine ingredient called thimerosal causes childhood autism.

He is wrong. Every major scientific and medical organization in the country agrees that he is wrong. Here's all you need to know about thimerosal: There is no link between it and any brain disorders, including autism. To assuage fears, the government removed it from pediatric vaccines nearly 15 years ago, with the exception of a specific flu vaccine, and childhood autism rates have actually gone up since.


Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Mar 26, 2015, 02:14 AM (0 replies)


Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Mar 25, 2015, 06:16 PM (0 replies)



Part 5: No mas, Senator Steiner Hayward, no mas
March 12, 2015


Part 6: Oregon Senator Steiner Hayward: Blameshifter in Chief
March 16, 2015

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Mar 25, 2015, 03:38 PM (0 replies)

Upcoming event.

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Mar 23, 2015, 02:19 PM (0 replies)



Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Mar 23, 2015, 12:31 PM (0 replies)

When it's good information, crowdsourcing ROCKS! Additional fine-tuning here.


From comments at link:


Actually, you have been misled.

Here is the European List of Countries, and their recommended vaccinations: http://www.euvac.net/graphics/euvac/vaccination/vaccination.html

Eleven prominent countries either omit entirely, or specifically cite the HepB vaccine only for mothers testing to have active HepB infection; these 11 countries are: Sweden, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.

Most of the rest of the EU countries include the HepB vaccine as part of a 5-part (hexavalent) shot and given starting at 2 months. Some indeed recommend at birth. HOWEVER, the constituents/excipients in the European vaccines may also be less toxic than U.S. vaccines (I do not know).

At any rate, very few give the HepB vaccine at birth as is done here in the U.S.
regards, david m burd

Posted by: david m burd | March 17, 2015 at 11:22 AM
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue Mar 17, 2015, 06:12 PM (0 replies)

Top people HERE. (nt)

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun Mar 15, 2015, 11:54 PM (0 replies)

National Geographic has changed for the worse. Read all about it here.

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun Mar 15, 2015, 05:44 AM (1 replies)

Kicking the thread while trying to (mis)brand me? Here's a secret.

When I post information it's not purely "for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do." Get it? Apologies to William Blake. Unaltered quote available in jpg format on Twitter.

You can have the last word here. Let me guess: "YOU... "
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Mar 14, 2015, 09:17 PM (1 replies)
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