This kid beat cancer. Don't make him face measles too.
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Rhett Krawitt, age 6, fought leukemia for 4 and 1/2 years. Now, his cancer is in remission, but he won’t be healthy enough to be immunized for another several months.
Marin County, where he lives, is one of the newest areas to be hit by the current measles outbreak in California, with two children infected this week. Rhett’s dad, Carl, is asking the Superintendent of his son’s school district to require that all children be vaccinated so that kids like Rhett, who can’t be vaccinated, can benefit from ‘herd immunity’ that will keep them protected from the dangerous disease.
"It's a risk that shouldn't even be there, and that's what's so emotional for me. This was a disease that was gone," says Carl.
Join me in supporting Carl and Jodi Krawitt's plea for their son's health and safety at school by signing the petition asking the Reed Union School District to require students to be immunized.
15 years ago, we declared the U.S. measles-free thanks to successful vaccination programs. But measles is back. There was a huge outbreak last year in several states, and an outbreak that started a few weeks ago at Disneyland continues to grow.
I live in the Bay Area, and my daughter and I love to take the ferry to Tiburon on sunny Saturdays. At my daughter's school, and at many schools in the Bay Area, we are asked to keep nut products out of our children's lunches because of other children's nut allergies. It's a bit of an inconvenience -- how many times have I looked long at the jar of peanut butter on the shelf when trying to assemble a healthy lunch on a busy morning -- but it keeps other children at the school safe. If the school can ban nuts to protect a few kids, it can require immunizations too.
We all have a responsibility to the health of our children. Reed Union School District can help Rhett stay safe and healthy at school by making sure all kids are protected from dangerous and preventable disease.
Join me in asking Superintendent Steven Herzog to help keep Rhett healthy by signing the petition.
See video of Rhett and his family here: http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/01/26/not-vaccinated-stay-home-from-school-says-marin-dad-of-leukemia-patient
and read more about Rhett and his family, and see pictures, here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/29/ua-usa-measles-disneyland-idUSKBN0L207O20150129
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