Washington state has the highest opt out rate for vaccines in the entire country. In particular, Vashon Island frequently makes national and international news for the amount of parents who don’t vaccinate their children. So why does an island filled with wealthy, well educated parents have so many children not vaccinated. When does the health of one child outweigh the risk of putting other children in harm’s way.
In Talking About Health, Parrott states, “When health is treated as a public good, the overarching goal is to set priorities that use resources to the greatest good of the greatest number of citizens. Anti-vac parents seem to prioritize the perceived risk of the individual, their children, over the health of the community and the overall population. Last year 147 people were sickened in a measles outbreak at Disneyland California linked to the anti-vax movement. The same year California stopped allowing parents with children in public schools to opt out of vaccines due to “personal belief”.