50 or 60 years ago children died hideously because of Polio and Pertussis (whooping cough). Fortunately vaccines were discovered and over time the diseases, along with a few lesser but unhappy diseases were eradicated. . .the nightmare passed and quite literally we could all breathe again; the walls of iron lungs were torn down.
Then the internet happened and stupid people acquired a voice an avenue through which such people could spread their stupid ideas. At first it was funny watching conspiracy theorists ranting silly notions based on the nonsensical and ridiculous. Then the dangerous kind of idiot emerged the kind that attacked society claiming medicine to be evil. Thus creating the other kind of idiot. . .the kind that only listens to idiots without checking facts.
The Anti Vaccers have slowly worn away corners of our defensive walls and allowed these diseases to worm their way back into our lives raising once more the specter of the iron lung wall; dragging back into vivid colour the horror of watching our children die slowly and painfully.
Anti Vaccers think the have a right to not vaccinate their children the dont because by so doing they threaten all of society and endanger all our lives.
Think I am exaggerating google search the number of deaths caused by anti vaccers or click on the links above.
There are laws, and rightly so, that prevent religious groups from killing their children because of doctrine. We can see the logic in defending one small child but are unable to apply the same positive action to all children all people. Those that endanger their own should be subject to criminal law and “our own” does mean the whole of us; all society.
Vaccinate it is our best, only, option.