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Old 05-16-2012, 06:16 PM   #19
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Re: If you vaccinate your kids, does it bother you when other people dont?

Originally Posted by rosenfried2 View Post
Please explain herd immunity. Not sure that term even makes any sense. How could an unvaxxed child give a disease to a child who is supposed to be protected from it anyways by getting a vaccine?
Basically it's suppose to work if most of the population are vaccinated then those who cannot be vaccinated will have protection because the diseases/illnesses will not be in the population since most are vaccinated. While that seems like a nice idea, it's basically a myth. Some vaccines shed and are live viruses, so they continue to circulate because there are some people who cannot be vaccinated due to different reasons (allergies, complications, already being ill, etc). So vaccinated people can and do get unvaccinated people sick with live virus vaccines shedding and also because they can be a carrier for a illness/disease that they give to a non-vaccinated person. Vaccines aren't 100% so there are people who get vaccinated that can still get sick from the illness/disease.
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