Politics and civics

Trump pledges to defund public schools that require vaccines

Donald Trump believes that public schools should not require vaccinations. Never mind that it was mass and mandatory vaccinations that eliminated small pox. That has made measles — highly contagious and not benign — a thing of the past for most. As long as the community vaccination rate remains above 95 percent, that is.

As of Feb. 29, 2024, measles infections have been reported in 16 states: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York City, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington. Remember: 9-in-10 people exposed to measles who has no immunity will get sick.

  • In calendar 2023, 20 jurisdictions reported measles infections.
  • In calendar 2022, it was six jurisdictions.
  • In calendar 2021, it was five jurisdictions.
  • In calendar 2020, it was eight.

“Measles is a huge concern and directly related to declining measles vaccination rates,” according to Priya Soni, MD, a pediatric infectious disease specialist with Cedars-Sinai Guerin Children’s. “There is no scenario where getting the actual measles infection is somehow better for your child then getting the vaccine.”

CBS News has “identified at least 8,500 schools where measles vaccination rates among kindergartners are below that 95% threshold that the CDC identifies as crucial for protecting a community from measles.”

Trump sandwiched his dunking on vaccines between “get[ing] rid of slums … and tent cities” and “fully upholding” the Second Amendment against “the cheaters” in November.

Read the full story at The Moderate Voice:
Trump vows to defund public schools that require vaccines


“Not the odds, but the stakes.” That’s how Jay Rosen, NYU journalism professor and media critic, thinks news organizations should be covering the 2024 presidential election.

The stakes, of course, mean the stakes for American democracy,” Rosen told Oliver Darcy, CNN, last year. “The stakes are what might happen as a result of the election.” Rosen continued: “The horse race [odds] should not be the model… It should not be the organizing principle of your campaign coverage.”

In that spirit, I plan periodic reports focused on the stakes facing voters in this presidential election.

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