Washington measles outbreak: why it’s mostly affecting Russian speakers – Vox.com

When Valerie Kobylnik became pregnant for the first time nine years ago, she was convinced vaccines were toxic. She’d seen and read plenty of material to persuade her — anti-vaccine blogs, YouTube videos featuring the parents of “vaccine-injured” children, and books like Vaccine Epidemic. So the interior design consultant decided with her Ukrainian-American husband not to vaccinate their son or his brother, now ages 8 and 6. Word of their decision spread through their tight-knit community of immigrants from Russia and the former Soviet Union in Clark County, Washington. In total, there are 88,000 Eastern Europeans in the state. Many ...

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