Do you believe people/children who have chosen not to be vaccinated (as opposed to the average expected group of people with compromised immune systems who cannot process the vaccine properly) should be separated from those who have been vaccinated?
Where should the line in the sand be drawn between personal freedom and government regulated law with regards to vaccinations?
When I'd first heard about the Jenny McCarthy rampage on vaccinations being linked to autism, and then subsequently the author of the study admitting he had lied Retracted autism study an 'elaborate fraud,' British journal finds - CNN.com , I thought that well intentioned parents would come around and get back on the stop-preventable-diseases-and-fatalities-train. (it seems some are, thankfully Demand for Measles Vaccine Sends Crowds Even to Anti-Vax Docs - NBC News)
As most of us know, vaccinations work by imitating an infection and resulting in the body developing antibodies to react to any future contact with a live virus. When the majority of people have developed antibodies, herd immunity occurs, and a virus is not able to spread as effectively as it could have without a vaccine.
By choosing not to vaccinate their children out of fear or misunderstanding of autism (which is determined before birth, and existed long before vaccines were available, but which usually presents around the same time children are old enough to be vaccinated), parents are betting that every other kid in their class will be vaccinated, and rely on the herd immunity of everyone else to keep their child safe. Safe from the preventable fatalities of polio, measles, whooping cough. When enough of these kids are not vaccinated, herd immunity fails because viruses are meant to mutate and evolve into more resistant strains. The resulting strains could be different enough from the viruses your vaccine-developed antibodies that you are no longer protected.
I really did make an effort to learn more about the arguments against vaccination to see if there was any scientifically viable, but I was only able to find snazzy looking gifs about how pharmaceutical companies are just out to get you. Prove me wrong, teach me something. I'm genuinely curious, and if the science behind vaccines are wrong, come with a solution to replace the current way of things.
Other than impending doom at the hand of idiots, I'm especially boiled up about this because it doesn't cast a loving light on people with autism, or people with special needs in general.