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Vaccine Exemption called "Social Movement."

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NOTE:  Check out the phrase in this article below calling vaccination choice a social movement.  Do you agree? Camas County's population is 93% Caucasian with a relatively low median income of around $43,000 per year and primarily with a high school degree, not college. We associate vaccine choice with affluence and education, as is displayed in California. Seems to differ in Idaho. 


Ant-Vaccine Hotspots on Rise

More than a quarter of kindergarteners in Camas County, Idaho, lack at least some vaccinations because their parents have opted for nonmedical exemptions, researchers said Tuesday.

Idaho has eight of the top 10 counties in the country with nonmedical vaccine exemptions, the reports finds. The other two are in Wisconsin and Utah.+

These counties are among the pockets of vaccine resistance that Dr. Peter Hotez and colleagues found when looking at rates of vaccine refusals around the country. They found an increase in nonmedical vaccine exemptions in 12 out of 18 states that allow them.

“A social movement of public health vaccine opposition has been growing in the United States in recent years; subsequently, measles outbreaks have also increased,” Hotez and colleagues wrote in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Medicine.  Read more.



Ok, can’t let it go. I don’t think it’s ok to equate poverty, and vaccine choice with ignorance. As an undereducated, poor, Boise ID mom of three, I don’t believe Camus County Moms are acting ignorantly.! And I know neither you do.

Fool me once...

Shelley Tzorfas

What is the issue? The Pharma/medical complex can't make much money on normal-right-of passage childhood temporary illnesses such as Chickenpox or measles but they can make a fortune on Vaccines, therapies, epi-pens, neurological scans, food allergies, arthritis, Lupus, paralysis, seizures and other illnesses from the toxins they shoot into people.


Since I've lived here (2008), I've seen the population in Idaho steadily increase with each passing year but never more so then it has in the last two years. I've often wondered how many California families fleeing vaccine mandates moved here.


What drives Peter Hotez to make such a complete fool of himself?

Donna L.

So they can locate, quantify, analyze the demographics of, and criticize these geographic pockets of vaccine resistance, but they can't quite take the next logical step and determine what the rate of autism is in these communities. Hmm, I wonder why that is?

Gary Ogden

He apparently hasn't read what his partners in crime, Gregory A. Poland, MD, and Robert M. Jacobson, MD, wrote in 1994:
Arch Intern Med. 1994;154(16):1815-1820 doi:10.1001/archinte.1994.00420160048006
"Failure to Reach the Goal of Measles Elimination: Apparent Paradox of Measles Infections in Immunized Persons."
Dr. Hotez has already destroyed his credibility as a human being by the rude language he used to characterize parents of vaccine-injured children.

David Weiner

I see nothing wrong with calling it a social movement, but do take umbrage at other statements of his.

Jonathan Rose

Well, of course vaccine choice is a "social movement." Civil rights, gay rights, feminism, and environmentalism were also social movements. And social movements are usually led by the educated and affluent, because they have the communications skills, organizational ability, and economic independence. (In black communities in the 1950s, the clergy were the upper-middle class.) So what?

But the notion that only the affluent favor vaccine choice is a complete myth. Blacks (who remember the Tuskegee Experiment) are more likely the think that vaccines cause autism than whites, and the poor are more likely to think that than the affluent. But if you're white and affluent, you can pull your kids out of public school and send them to a private school that doesn't insist on vaccination. If you're a single inner city mom, and you depend on Medicaid, you don't talk back to the doctor or the school nurse, whatever doubts you may harbor.

Of course Hotez is talking nonsense. One out of five people in Camas County are below the poverty line, and the antivaccination movement is "well-funded"? Gee, where is all that money? And it's totally false that measles cases have increased, according to the CDC's own statistics:

2014 667
2015 188
2016 86
2017 118

Laura Hayes

I will continue to repeat that:

“Anti-vaccine” equals informed intelligence and principled ethics.

I also will continue to challenge those, including those on “our” side, who proclaim they “are not anti-vaccine” to please tell me what there is to be “pro” about when it comes to vaccines.

And thus was born the title for my 2016 WAPF presentation:

“Vaccines: What Is There to Be ‘Pro’ About?” by Laura Hayes

My hope is that anyone who watches my presentation or reads the transcript would never again allow a vaccine for themselves or their children.

As for “Dr.” Peter Hotez, each of us will be called to account one day for our actions, and he is no exception. He might want to begin calculating how many children he has poisoned via vaccination, his role in the stripping of God-given parental rights, the number of times he has violated his oath to “First, do no harm”, and how many children’s futures he has stolen as their health, development, and well-being were permanently destroyed via the vaccinations he either personally administered or unethically taught others to administer.

bob moffit

According to Mr Peter Hotez .. less than 1% of toddlers are unvaccinated .. which probably equals thousands of voluntarily unvaccinated children .. surely enough to conduct a truly independent scientific study to ascertain if BOTH vaccinated and unvaccinated children have equal numbers of chronic autoimmune disorders/diseases .. no?

In any event .. Hotez engages in the usual "sock puppet" pro-vaccine propaganda argument that .. because of increasing opposition to vaccinations … "measles outbreaks have increased".

Odd Hotez never fails to mention Measles .. while continuing to IGNORE the inexplicable .. dramatic increase in chronic autoimmune diseases/disorders .. that have become the "new normal" childhood development experience … especially autism .. but .. asthma, allergies, juvenile type 1 diabetes, infant mortality SIDS, on and on ..

No, the growing opposition to vaccines is NOT some type of "social movement" .. that has somehow mysteriously taken root .. in fact .. it is precisely the OPPOSITE .. it is a "well-informed movement" based largely upon PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AND PERSONAL OBSERVATION .. and .. until/unless that VACCINATED V UNVACCINATED STUDY IS FINALLY CONDUCTED .. IS DESTINED TO INCREASE.


Why would I agree with lies from an industry "thought leader" with massive financial conflicts of interest?

His statements are designed to polarize and demean, from lumping all vaccine critics together as "anti-vaccine," to calling them "a cult kind of movement," to the completely false claim of calling them "strong, well-organized, and well-funded" (as if parents caring for severely vaccine-injured children have extra funds that could compete with the MILLIONS spent by the vaccine injury on marketing, advertising, and lobbying legislators).

Calling it a "social movement" is as ridiculous as calling it a "social movement" when people reported that there was a problem with stuck accelerators in some of the Toyota cars. Note his claim that "subsequently, measles outbreaks have also increased."

Apparently, he is completely unaware that correlation does not equal causation.

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