Vaccinations rates are strikingly low for children who attend one of Google’s child care centers in Silicon Valley, tech magazine outlet Wired reported Thursday, citing a California public health data base.
Only 49 percent of children are completely vaccinated in one Google day care center in Santa Clara County, California, where the vaccination rate for mumps-measles-and rubella is 95 percent. A vaccination of rate of 95 percent is required to create what is called heard immunization, which makes it difficult for a disease to metastasize, the report notes.
More than 200 children are enrolled at two of Google’s childcare facilities, according to data from the California Department of Public Health. One facility has a 90 percent got the MMR, a number below the heard-immunization rate. Three percent of the families at the facility claimed a personal belief exemption (PBE), an exemption California law allow. State law also allows exemptions for religious reasons.
Vice has not responded to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for more information regarding the data set the outlet used to make its conclusions. TheDCNF was unable to reproduce the data set. Nevertheless, Google appeared to accept the results but provided a simple explanation for the low numbers.
“In 2013-2014, these two childcare facilities had immunization rates of 98 percent and 81 percent,” a Google representative told Vice. “The reported numbers for the current year are lower simply because many parents have not yet provided updated immunization records. We’ve asked them all to do this, so we can update the figures.” The representative said vaccinations are important to the Silicon Valley giant.
Roughly 95.4 percent of kids entering kindergarten in 2000 had received their MMR shots — the Center for Disease and Control claimed that year that measles was effectively eradicated. California MMR vaccination rate today is 92.6 percent. California is one of the states where measles is making a resurgence, public data show.
There have been 555 cases of measles in 2019, with 21 individual cases in California, according to the CDC. The flareups are emerging in areas of the country with low vaccination rates. Some worry big tech companies are actually helping to promote anti-vaccination sentiment.
Dr. Peter Hotez, a pediatrician who believes Amazon’s willingness to allow vaccine skeptics top-billing is causing a serious medical crisis, is one such expert who is sounding alarm bells. “Amazon needs to step up and stop promoting the anti-vaxxer agenda,” Hotez told TheDCNF in March.
He added: “The only way to restore this is to start dismantling this empire is to do something about Facebook and Amazon,” he said, noting that the time for balancing individual rights of publishers and public safety is over. Hotez wrote a book in 2018 titled “Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism,” in which he lays out the reasons why vaccinations were not the cause of his daughter’s autism.
He points to measles outbreaks in Michigan, California and elsewhere as reason enough to take what this community of activists says seriously. Numerous studies conducted over the years have shown no sign of a connection between vaccines and autism. Others are apparently starting to accept Hotez’s position.
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