Re: If you vaccinate your kids, does it bother you when other people dont?
I am not the PP who wrote about an epidemic being the government's job, but I know what I got from that.
In a historical epidemic like the black plague, if you were stricken ill, too bad. You were shut in your house and you died. There was no public health, no one took care of the people other than religious organizations if they could.
In the US today, there is a law that anyone can go into an ER and be treated regardless of ability to pay. This means that in the event of an epidemic, literally every person in the US who is ill can seek treatment. There simply is not enough of a medicine supply to treat a major epidemic.
Vaccinations attempt to prevent a major epidemic