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    • The purpose of the original post was to see if camps had policies in place for future outbreaks.  The absence of outbreaks in the past is irrelevant when vaccination rates are declining to the point where "herd immunity" is decaying.  For measles, herd immunity requires a vaccination rate of 90-95% and many areas are already well below that (see map).  A single nurse isn't going to be able to handle a situation where 10% or more of the children in a large camp are infected.  Furthermore, measles patients are contagious four days before symptoms appear.  BSA has a religious component, so presumably it will respect non-vaccination choices for religious reasons, whether they are ostensible or not.  So, should camps have at least written policies in place indicating what will happen if (or when) an outbreak occurs? Map source: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/a-quiet-rise-in-unvaccinated-children-could-put-the-u-s-at-risk-of-outbreaks
    • Something seems to go haywire, too many wood badgers return and take over the role of acting SPL and wants to lead everything,  with flip charts and power point being the order of the day. On the bright side super energized about scouting and are very proud to have "earned their Eagle" in wood badge.    
    • Nope and I have lost any respect I might have had for your other positions. 
    • I really don't want to debate vaccinations or start a debate on vaccinations when what we have in place seems to be working.  Have there been any cases of Hep A or measles outbreaks spreading via Scout camps in the last decade?  Do we have a problem or are we making up a problem so we can argue about it?  Can a person vaccinated for measles get the measles?  The answer should be, no.  The people most at risk for measles are unvaccinated pregnant women and very young unvaccinated children.    Can a person vaccinated for HepA get it?  It's the same kind of situation isn't it?   I personally don't get a flu shot, and I accept the risk that I may get the flu.  Your decisions might be different, and that's OK!
    • Some camps employ EMTs or paramedics as the health officer. More common for a EMT at day camps. Nurses such as RNs or LPNs are at resident camps.
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