Emerson White wrote:
The biggest problem with not getting vaccinated is not getting the disease, it's passing it on. There is something called herd immunity, and parents who do not vaccinate (or cannot vaccinate) their children are taking advantage of the vaccinations other parents get for their children. Those 9 babies who died long agonizing deaths in excruciating pain in California this summer, yes babies who died excruciating torturous deaths) did so not because their parents didn't get them vaccinated against pertussis, but rather because other parents did not have their children vaccinated, and the babies got sick and died agonizing deaths because they were too young to be protected.
3 seems to be a really statistically meaningless question.
The obvious answer is that they are at least as healthy as the rest of the kids...
unless they happen to get exposed to one of the life-threatening diseases the other kids won't get.
Incidentally, this subject is a really interesting analogue to the Tragedy of the Commons.
paul wheaton wrote:
but I have a strong hunch that most of the vaccines are a bad idea.
Robert Ray wrote:
One of those 2 million children was mine and miraculously he might never have contracted a childhood disease. He never would have been damaged had you not stepped in. Yet he is damaged now because of a mandated treatment. I should have been able to have a say.
I'm not against all vaccines but I am against omniscient control.
Finally, it amazes me that the same people who support taking a minuscule dose of a toxic chemical to improve their body's general resistance if it is called homeopathy will not support taking a minuscule dose of a biological agent to improve their body's specific resistance if it is called a vaccine. I don't understand it. Vaccines are basic homeopathy at its most demonstrably effective.