For those of you considering not vaccinating: this is not just a personal choice that affects your children only. It has ramifications for the entire community, especially those vulnerable people with poor immune systems that cannot be vaccinated themselves and who are at risk of dying from vaccine preventable diseases.
Vaccination is not some conspiracy that every country on earth just happens to buy into. It has eradicated small pox, nearly eradicated polio, rubella, tetanus, and diphtheria. But thanks to non-vaccinators, measles and mumps, once rare, are now returning in regular epidemics in developed countries.
By all means, elect not to use an HPV vaccine (Gaurdasil), if your daughter gets cervical cancer that's not a public health problem. But for the other vaccinations its not just a personal choice - you are undermining the health of your entire community. Thanks a lot!
If it is not a personal choice then why are those with poor immune systems not vaccinated too. OH, because vaccines can be dangerous?....right. They can cause the disease they intend to prevent, they can overwhelm the system. Oh wow, do you know for SURE that my child can be vaccinated safely? You don't. It is unethical to consider anyone else when making a decision for a patient.