For every child that does not get vaccinated, you raise the risk of my child contracting whatever it is you neglected to vaccinate for. For the purposes of this post, I'll pick MMR.
You may be saying "well it's only one kid, that barely even raises the chances". This is true. YOUR family is only one family. But consider, briefly, how many parents do not vaccinate their kids (for religious reasons, personal reasons, what have you), and then consider how many kids are not being vaccinated. If MMR were to have an outbreak, and your child contracts it and manages the illness fine, that's great. But if your child passes it to my child, who has a compromised immune system, it could mean some serious health repercussions. And then my child may not be taken out of daycare fast enough, pass it to another child....well you see where I'm going with this.
Okay. I get it. MMR has been vaccinated against for so long, it won't be making a come back. Same with polio. Pertussis. The other vaccines we pump into our kids. And besides, don't vaccines cause autism?!
No. No they do not. It has been debunked. The doctor that originally made the claim has had his license revoked. Vaccines do not cause autism. And even if they did - I would rather my child become autistic than die or suffer serious ongoing health issues from an illness that could have been prevented.
Warning, the video below is NSFW due to vulgarity. But it perfectly illustrates my point on vaccinations.
So, tell me, do you vaccinate your kids? I do realize, again, that it is a personal decision, but I'd like to hear your thoughts! (side note: Any inappropriate comments will be deleted)