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A new review of the scientific literature confirms the truth about vaccine exemptions; they endanger everyone. On The Pump Handle, Kim Krisberg outlines the horrible realities of vaccine-preventable disease, and writes that vaccine refusal has “accelerated the resurgence of whooping cough and measles here in the U.S.” On Respectful Insolence, Orac writes “the MMR [vaccine] is very effective against measles, over 90%, but not 100%.” Meanwhile, with whooping cough, vaccine-induced immunity wears down over time.

These windows of opportunity for infection would be inconsequential in a fully vaccinated population, but with a certain percentage of kids running around unvaccinated due to the religious or ‘philosophical’ objections of their parents, an outbreak of these diseases can easily spread. As Orac writes, “Despite what antivaccine parents claim, their choice not to vaccinate does impact more than just their children and themselves. It impacts the entire community in which they live negatively.” On Aetiology, Tara C Smith says: “this is, again, one of my biggest problems with those who refuse vaccines. They frame the issue as solely ‘my child, my choice.’ Which is fine, until you put that child in with the rest of society via school, or daycare, or even trips to McDonald’s.”

Comments

  1. #1 ProgJohn
    UK
    March 30, 2016

    I don’t think parents choosing to leave their children exposed to preventable disease is fine, those kids right to be protected is what matters. Children are human beings parents are privileged to care for, not property they are free to damage or destroy.

  2. #2 Konrad Hoeffler
    France
    March 22, 2017

    Absolute bullshit. Who runs this website?

    The entire vaccine industry was started on shaky ground. The CDC has been caught red handed playing with statistics in order to get the results they wanted.

    No human being needs a needle full of dangerous chemical and biological agents stuck into their young bodies. IT is a criminal act and destroys natural immunity.
    If these vaccines are so great, as they are purported to be, who cares if some parents choose not to vaccinate?
    The whole concept of herd immunity is absolute crap, made up by pharma companies in order to profit from peoples misery.

    Open your fucking eyes and do some research.