• California Parents Are Having . . . Measles Parties?

    Yeah, you read that headline right.

    2015’s measles outbreak is already at a 20-year high, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has announced. On just that fact alone you’d think people would be smart enough to vaccinate their children. You’d be wrong.

    You’d also assume that people wouldn’t gather kids in large groups to intentionally expose their children to measles. And you would be wrong again.

    Several San Francisco area parent have taken things to a whole new level of weird.

    Thirty years ago parents would throw chicken pox parties in order to expose their children to the virus. Fast forward to today and California couples are reportedly throwing “measles parties.”

    Parents are bringing sick kids to hangout with healthy kids in order to infect them, as the video report above indicates.

    “CDPH strongly recommends against the intentional exposure of children to measles as it unnecessarily places the exposed children at potentially grave risk and could contribute to further spread,” said department spokeswoman Anita Gore.

    Art Reingold, an epidemiologist at the University of California, told a San Francisco radio station that “The basic notion is ‘This is my opportunity for my kid to get immune the old-fashioned way, the way God intended.’ ”

    It’s still unclear if these parties are really catching on or not.

    Last week, Obama said “You should get your kids vaccinated,”

    Obama–who has done little to secure the U.S. Mexico border–made these remarks because of a recent measles outbreak, that’s been found in eight states, which most likely came from a foreign source.

    Up until last year, measles had been almost completely eradicated in America for 15 years due to rigorous childhood vaccine efforts.


    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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