Parents shouldn’t be proud their children aren’t vaccinated, they should be ashamed. Yes, your unvaccinated child is a danger. Not just to other unvaccinated children, but to vaccinated adults as well.
Most people don’t understand that vaccines are 90% – 99% effective in preventing disease and 100% effective against moderate to severe cases. An unvaccinated child has an 80% chance of contracting a preventable infectious disease and passing it on to other unvaccinated children, adults with compromised immune systems or even adults that were vaccinated as children, but over time, the protection has become less effective.
Yes, diseases that once took so many lives and then, because of vaccines, had virtually been eradicated.
In 1988, the World Health Assembly unanimously agreed to eradicate polio worldwide. As a result of global polio eradication efforts, the number of cases reported globally has decreased from more than 350,000 cases in 1988 to 187 cases in 2012 (as of November 14, 2012). Only three countries remain endemic for polio in 2012: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. – World Health Organization
So why wouldn’t a parent vaccinate their child against potentially deadly diseases? The most common reason they cite is their belief in a link between vaccines and Autism, particularly those containing Thimerosal and the measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine.
“Many studies have examined possible links between vaccination and increased prevalence of autism. This research has paid particular attention to the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, vaccines containing Thimerosal and the total number of vaccines administered during early childhood or any one doctor’s visit. These studies have not found a link between vaccines and autism. – autismspeaks.org”
Do you remember this?
I don’t, and neither does any person in my generation. If you didn’t grow up in this era, be thankful for vaccines.