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Old 07-02-2012, 07:14 AM   #385
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Re: If you vaccinate your kids, does it bother you when other people dont?

Originally Posted by llamabeans View Post
The government has a obligation to keep it's people under control and take measures to keep them healthy. Not "don't buy Mc Donalds or eat after 9pm" healthy, but keeping communicable diseases under control. this is the main reason we have public health depts.
It's not that I want everyone to vaccinate because for as long as I can remember, there's always been 1-2 kids I've known in school who couldn't get fully vaccinated or vaccinated because of a (documented) medical condition.
I see the anti vax community using freedom of choice as the rational more than anything else. This is childish to me.
Maybe if diphtheria made a come back thoughts would shift. I'm sure it's only a matter of a decade before we start seeing it again seeing that the anti vax community is growing.
That being said...

I think it's only a matter of time before a certain set of vaccinations are standardized in our country. A epidemic is the governments problem, we feel and live it, but they are in charge of it. It's only a matter of time before they take precautions. Our government is run by conservatives who take the medical community into account. Like seat belts, vaccinations will not keep everyone safe, may harm some, but will do what they were designed to do for MOST of the population. The rest we cannot control, you are right.
Yup. We have never lived through a truly scary epidemic. Even HIV/AIDS is not what it used to be. It's wonderful, but it makes us forget as a society.

That said, I'm all for choice. I'm ok with having a few hoops to jump through in order for parents to exempt their children from vaccines. If that particular choice is truly valuable, then those hoops are more than worth it. I'm also ok with schools (public or private) and the like turning children away if they choose to not vaccinate. I'm surprised I haven't heard of a brick and mortar school that is based on accepting nonvaccinated children though.
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