To vaccinate or not to vaccinate. That ... really shouldn't be the question. But for some reason it is in America.
Deadly diseases such as
Despite widespread fears, scientific consensus has shown no correlation between the MMR (measles,
That number is both startling and extremely dangerous.
It’s worth going back in history a little here. A similar paranoia to the one we’re seeing gripped Britain over the
In infants, pertussis can cause
Before the polio vaccine, 13,000 to 20,000 Americans were left paralyzed from the disease each year.
Even if that were true, it's important to remember that vaccinations aren't given for fun. They prevent deadly and crippling diseases.
Mumps causes women to miscarry; rubella often leads to blindness, deafness or mental impairment in infants; and even with modern medical care, as many as 3 out of every 1,000 people who contract measles die from the disease.
In that context, who in their right minds would be worried about ear infections and asthma?
It's also worth noting that just because Americans largely don't get these diseases anymore, it doesn't mean the threat has somehow mysteriously vanished. A 2011 outbreak of measles in Ethiopia, a country without a robust vaccination regime, infected at least 17,584 people, killing 114.
We in America have the ability to prevent diseases that kill millions around the world. And yet our ignorance is allowing these diseases to make a comeback. So if you're worried about vaccines giving your children ear infections or asthma, try taking a look at what measles does to a child. It isn't pretty.