I don't really understand what people have against vaccinations. The vast majority of people who have all their vaccinations go on to live long and healthy lives. A very very small proportion of people who have vaccinations have a bad reaction to them (including a friend of mine, and my cat).
The western world has never been so healthy.
People who do not get their children vaccinated out of choice, not forgetfulness, tend to be educated and fairly well off, who make other good lifestyle choices. This means that they would probably have healthy children anyway, especially with herd immunity to protect them.
Rates of measles, mumps and rubella in western countries have been rising in the past few years, as have the number of fatalities cause by them. A baby girl in Australia died of whooping cough because herd immunity in her area was so low.http://danamccaffery.com/
Vaccination programs can do so much good.http://www.polioeradication.org/
Sure, at current herd immunity levels, most unvaccinated children will be fine. And even the small but growing number of children who do get measles etc will probably suffer no complications. But I just can't understand why you wouldn't want to do everything you could to prevent your child getting sick. Why you wouldn't want to spare them that little bit of unhappiness.
I remember having chicken pox when I was about 6. Yeah, I'm fine now, but when I had it I was hot, itchy and miserable for 2 weeks. I still have the scars, which I would rather live without. Maybe I'm being pathetic for complaining, maybe illness is just a fact of life that we should just toughen up and accept.
Claims that the ingredients in vaccines cause health problems vary from country to country, even though the same ingredients are used worldwide.
Fairly recently, Britain had a huge MMR causes Autism controversy (which was entirely untrue).
Throughout the 1990s France was in the grip of a scare that the Hep B vaccine caused multiple sclerosis, which was also never shown.
Thiomersal was also linked to autism in the US, and while it is also used in Britain, we haven't had that concern (it has never been used in the MMR vaccine).MMR coverage in a science bloghttp://www.badscience.net/
I love this blog. Ben Goldacre is a medical doctor, and he writes clearly and intelligently about (mostly) health related science.
I suspect I'm rambling and making no sense so I'll stop.
In essence, I agree with Natalie_ca