I respect every person’s decision to do what they want with their own bodies, but here’s how people who decide not to participate in immunizations kill people for real:
Science-based medicine wiped out smallpox using vaccines. Smallpox, let me remind you, used to kill 400,000 Europeans PER YEAR! That’s all American gun deaths PLUS all American car deaths TIMES FIVE. So we got rid of that motherfather. With science. No big deal.
Measles, not quite the killer that Smallpox was, but we were on our way to eliminating it. Also with science. Using vaccines. Now, measles is coming back. That’s like 400 - 500 kids a year dying and 1000 people per year becoming disabled for life because hippies don’t want to vaccinate their kids.
You and your friends are healthy? That’s wonderful. I cannot tell you how happy I am for you and your friends. However, that’s not how vaccines work. You and your friends could probably all get measles and be fine a week later. No big deal. You know who it is a big deal to, though? The baby you accidentally gave measles to when you didn’t know you were contagious yet. And the old lady on the bus who was unfortunate enough to be inhaling oxygen right at the time you coughed.
They’re dead now. They’re dead forever because of your hippie parents.
Healthy people need to be vaccinated against diseases we have vaccinations for because some people are not healthy and those diseases will kill them.
Yeah. AND THIS FACT CANNOT BE OVEREMPHASIZED:
YOU ARE HEALTHY BECAUSE MOST OF THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU ARE PROTECTING YOU BY BEING VACCINATED AND BY THUS NOT BEING CARRIERS.
When I was in Nursery school, I couldn’t get the MMR vaccine because it is cured in eggs, and I was violently allergic to eggs (nearly died of anaphylaxis to find that one out) and a kid in my class also hadn’t gotten it because he had Leukemia.
Anyway cool kids from the no-vaccines! family went to Florida and came back with Measles. Me and Leukemia boy had to be quarantined for three weeks. Girl in my class got through it, having only vastly inconvenienced me and Leukemia kid for HER PROBLEM, but her sister wasn’t so lucky, was hospitalized for a month, and ended up with brain damage.
If you think for a minute you’re healthy BECAUSE you didn’t get vaccinated THINK AGAIN. You’re only healthy because the RESPONSIBLE PEOPLE around you protect you by not PROLIFERATING the disease with their VACCINATED IMMUNITY. The only thing your not getting vaccinated has done is put all the people who CAN’T get vaccinated at risk, as well as your stupid self.
I would like to frame this.