Lora Hubbel doesn’t get to be on the ballot this year, but it seems she’s making a difference in public health. Following her various efforts to scare South Dakotans away from vaccinations, fewer South Dakotans are getting their kids shots:
South Dakota recently lost ground and slipped behind the national rate for early-childhood immunizations, according to data presented Friday at a statewide conference.
The South Dakota goal for children aged 19 to 35 months is 80 percent. The state rate reached 76.3 percent in 2014 but dropped since then to 75.6 in 2015 and 70.4 in 2016.
The national rate meanwhile also fell to 70.7 percent in 2016 [Bob Mercer, “South Dakota Hasn’t Yet Met Immunization Goal,” Black Hills Pioneer, 2018.08.18].
Hey, at least South Dakota isn’t doing worse than the rest of the U.S.!
We also learn from Mercer a new term for anti-vaccine paranoia: vaccine hesitancy. Such a nicer, gentler term than saying, quit listening to anti-science conspiracy theories and keep your kids and everyone else healthier.