Vaccines have largely eliminated measles, whooping cough and other diseases—and a growing number of California parents believe that’s made the world safe enough that their kids don’t need to be immunized. Even advocates for choice admit it’s not good for public health. And, sure enough, measles is coming back, and there’s an epidemic of whooping cough.
Also, California supplies much of the world with almonds—and each nut requires more than a gallon of water. But almond groves are increasing despite the drought.
Banner Image: A nurse wearing blue gloves administers a vaccine into a male patient's arm; Credit: Rhoda Baer, National Cancer Institute (NCI)