While there are certainly valid arguments to be made on both sides of this
question, the REAL problem is the outpouring of completely FALSE information
from anti-vaxer websites.That's where our attention needs to be
. . . .
Some day that little boy will understand what his parents to him. I hope he can
be more forgiving than I would be.
Owl - This is part of the price we all pay to live in a free country. Are you
suggesting the government bureaucrats should force us to have all vaccinations?
Reasonable folks can disagree about the value of vaccinations. I,
for example, never get a flu shot. My first, and only, flu shot came in the
army decades ago and I had no choice in the matter. I was sick for weeks with a
low grade fever and nausea. I am sure they are better now, but still normally
less than 50 percent effective against the prevalent strain. Regular washing
of your hands is, in my opinion, much more effective in prevention.Most reasonable folks would get the typical childhood shots, but I would be
against forcing others to do things against their will on such a personal
matter. Yes, we are paying, to a degree, for the kid with tetanus, but likely
only through fractional increases in insurance. Just like we pay for smokers
and obese people and other lifestyles that we don't practice that have
higher sickness rates.
This is a most regrettable, but predictable and preventable tale. The cost of
this child's outstanding medical care is borne by all of us. More tragedies
of this nature will come if vaccine deniers do not face reality. All those who
promote vaccine hysteria are culpable.