Originally Posted by Turquesa
Part of me shares your cynicism, Serenbat.
But as a parent whose chosen this vaccine for the children, I'm genuinely interested in this question. If schools close, do public health officials run the risk of parents questioning the vaccine? In the end, which will be more important to these officials--saving lives through proper disease control measures, (as just one example, vaccinated children bringing the disease home to baby siblings could present a deadly scenario), or maintaining public credibility in the black-and-white, safe-and-effective message?
Isn't that what is happening right now? The more "some" are not in school when there is an outbreak, the more parents are questioning! There have been tons of post (yes in the past here) where mom's say about children that have been vaccinated and they go for help from the Dr only to not be treated for the illness, in this case WC until they keep going back again - that does wake some parents up to it's not 100% - frankly IRL, I see few that feel they are not 100% - no matter what some say, the message clearly is NOT getting out there from CDC/govt, Peds, etc, that in general things are not 100% - especially with WC.
Out break - it's just jump to "it's the UN-vaccinated CHILD spreading it", not an unvaccinated adult - because of privacy, I do really question at some schools, how many are not vaccinated for WC when an outbreak happens vs those who are.
I just don't see it happening, the really would, as I put it, make you question MORE vaccines, not just WC - I don't know how the Govt can do that - A school just can't - someone would question if the CDC doesn't come out, how can just a school pick and choose? In my state the Dept of Health would have to be involved and here they don't let you know vaccines are not 100%.
Do they care more about public perception vs real health (closing a institution) - IMO it's a resounding YES, just add another booster is what the response has been.
Adults that come into schools, be it even a repair person or a vendor do not need to be up to date on their vaccines - many people tend to forget things like this - we recently had an election in my state - some are held at schools.