Originally Posted by Dear_Rosemary
You know, it's kind of funny. I do believe in herd immunity but I don't worry about my kids getting sick from lower vaccine rates. I think I've mentioned before that they're a bit lower than the national average in my community due to people being more natural-leaning. But my kids are vaccinated and in general they are extremely healthy so I consider myself lucky on that score and severe illness is something I'm blessed not to have to worry about too much. So I don't consider my feelings towards vaccines to be fear-based as much as I do that it seems to me to come out the winner when I do a cost-benefit analysis for me and also the community. And I think when you reach a conclusion like that, it's hard to understand why others don't come to the same conclusion. I mean, totally understood that past vaccine reactions would lead to a different decision, but for someone just like me who doesn't have that to factor in, it seems like people are actually giving their fear of very very unlikely outcomes too much weight.
Well, maybe you like your community more than I do. (tHIS IS A JOKE, PEOPLE.)
My point of view is very similar to yours, other than the assessment of the cost/benefit ratio.
I grew up with the numbers on a UNICEF box...for just 10 cents, you can provide a child with lifesaving vaccinations. For just 20 cents, you can send a child to school, etc.
It encouraged me (and I'm sure they didn't intend to) to see spending on vaccines as being in competition for the money in my box. How many vaccines did I need to skip to get clean water to the village? How many to build a school? And I still ask myself those questions.
In addition, I became fascinated, as a child, with the topic of genetic diseases, particularly sickle cell. Here was a condition which, ideally, protected familes from Malaria. Nature's vaccination. However, sometimes the combination of genetics was wrong, and you lost that child. Evolutionarily, you still come out ahead...you lose fewer children. But, if millions of years of evolution get you this result, I don't see it as unreasonable that a few years of medical development of vaccine science would get you a similar one. Stands to reason. And I am, by birth and training, American. We are kind of raised to consider the impact on the individual important. So, my sister was military, I figure she volunteered, and getting a ton of vaccinations was part of the deal. But infants can't volunteer, so they can decide their priorities as adults.