As a kid, I hated getting vaccinated. As an adult, I am very much for them. The science is there that proves vaccinations prevent the contraction and spread of common diseases such as mumps, measles, and chicken pox that have kept no small number of children out of school decades ago. In case you are wondering, while most people simply go through the stages of the disease and recover, some die. It seems reasonable that if something can simply and safely be prevented, it should be.
What has happened recently is a movement to stop children from getting vaccinations based on religious or anti-science grounds. The result is an increasing recurrence of these common diseases, and they are spreading among the unvaccinated. The arguments against vaccination appear to be based on a number of cases that reportedly have resulted in increased numbers of autistic children, somehow connected to the ingredients in the vaccinations. Prominent scientists and medical experts have consistently expressed there is no danger to the public with the vaccinations. But it is a free country.
That said, it is one of those things that is impossible to intelligently discuss because both sides are not listening. Conspiracy theories aside, the scientific and medical evidence supports the positive effects of vaccinations for everyone. Which is where the problem actually exists. The people who argue against vaccinations because of their alleged high risk factor likely drive cars which pollute, use the Internet which also is anti-green in many ways, and take advantage of many of the technological advances that have been developed and created by the very science they argue against. Personally, what I would like to see is some consistency in their position. While it is true they cannot fight every battle – you have to pick and choose – some consistency would bring a more coherent argument from the vaccination opponents.
If one pays attention to the news, there are new and more deadly viruses that are mutated and cause worldwide concern because of our connected world. A new disease in the Middle East can reach the United States in hours. This is what the scientific and medical community need to be focusing on instead of answering the doubts of a minority, but whose actions can easily affect the majority. The fact of the potential cost to public health, which will come out of everyone’s pocket, is not to be ignored in this argument.