By now, I shouldn't be surprised by some of the statements I see here. Yet sometimes, I still am. It takes courage to change ones mind on something and for that I commend the 'spiritual leader'. Now, keep in mind that over 20 cases of the diseases have so far (more are expected) occurred in the leader's community, one of them a 4 month old baby (who is too young to receive the measles vaccine). Are you saying that if you were in the 'leader's' shoes you would stand your ground in this situation no matter what? What would it take for you to change your mind in the leader's position: 100 cases of the disease, one death, two deaths, ten deaths?
i am a strong advocate for my friends who come to me with their concerns over the flu vaccine....my beliefs are strong that these people need to weigh the options for themselves to make an informed decision. When an outbreak is around, my advice isn't to immediately tell them, 'you better run out and get the shot right now, just to be safe'.. my advice to them is to take into consideration their lifestyle, and offer advice to stay healthy despite an illness going around. Just because my elderly neighbor might have caught the flu, ended up in the hospital and died, is no reason for my friend 60miles away to get the vaccine. I, for one, havent had a flu shot in 30yrs, and have had the flu very badly notably, once...yes, i've had mild versions of the flu that lasted two days...should my experience with having the type A 25yrs ago influence my words with people who seek advice? Absolutely not. Does my experience with pneumocccocal pneumonia have me shouting from the rooftops to get the pneumonia vaccine? no....and i still say that that so called 'leader' isn't much of a leader.