I don't know if this is the best place for this post, if it isn't, please redirect me. I'm posting here because I know that one of the arguments for vaccinations is "public health".
I'm curious - what measures do you believe we should go to to protect "public health"? This came up recently in a discussion about pertussis testing. I got this third-hand, so I don't really know if the details are accurate, but regardless of whether or not the facts are accurate, I'm curious of your opinions.
A teacher at an elementary school is believed to have pertussis. Based on this, there are at least five other teachers who were required by the DPH to be tested for pertussis. At least one of the five teachers has no symptoms and at least one of the the other five have what could be a cold/cough or could be pertussis. All five were recommended to start antibiotics - the one with no symptoms said "no thanks" and is waiting for the test results. The results take a few days to come back. The test is mildly invasive (it made me shudder to listen to it) - some long skinny thing gets stuck up your nose until it goes down your throat and it keeps going down till you cough - you have to cough. Or something like that. Okay, so the test isn't "that" awful, but it certainly doesn't sound like fun. As someone with zero symptoms of an illness, I would find it rather invasive for the DPH to require me to undergo such a test. I'm also not sure what point it would serve. I assume it has something to do with the fact that there are children in the classes and children are more at risk from pertussis, but beyond that I don't really understand what good it does to test the teachers.
I'm curious what other opions are. I'm betting some of you have put more thought into the DPH and individual rights.