I know this is a heated topic and one that has been repeatedly visited.
Here in MN we had an outbreak of Measles, it was traced back to one unvaccinated child who has visited Kenya and came back having been exposed and ended up developing it and ended up exposing tons of other people to it.
Today one of my friend's daughters just had a child a few months ago and I saw her post about if she was the only one who doesn't believe in shots because they're REALLY bad for you...and when people replied with links to info about the outbreak in MN she responded with oh so you believe everything you read on facebook...it was a medical science link that was reliable for info.
There are SOME shots I don't believe in (flu shot being among them) BUT I don't want my children to suffer from illnesses that are preventable. I know that a lot of damage was done to vaccinations because of a quack UK doctor who has since been charged with fraud and a ton of things but why is it, this one doctor who was a liar can hold power over scientific fact? Why are people so quick to believe disproven ideas?
We have gotten so used to our kids not getting sick, not having diseases that are preventable, not dying from said diseases that we feel comfortable to ignore vaccinations, we don't see the threat, we've forgotten that it wasn't too long ago kids were in iron lungs trying to save them from polio that even if they survived they would be scarred and marred for life in some way (limping, joint problems, etc). The majority of Baby Boomers are in their 60s and most of them knew at least one person who had gotten seriously ill from something we now vaccinate against. We are so quick to forget history, and lessons from the past. Is it because we live in a society of instant gratification that we think well we don't see the good results from vaccinating so we shouldn't vaccinate because of all the bad that COULD happen? I am just fed up with parents who don't see the value or science in vaccinations and only see the bad because of ONE doctor and anedotal evidence. They rely on wordpress.com instead of science journals or at least places that they can site their sources and info which is reliable.
It is a luxury to have this debate and to not have to worry about children dying in numbers from these illnesses. The United States is 4 or 5 generations removed (at least 3) from these illnesses and diseases that killed kids and were widespread and part of life. We have the luxury of forgetting what these do to kids! People freak out when there's a flu around that's killing people but measles and other preventable illnesses are okay to spread around even though their effects are long term and can result in death?? Parents here get mad when a sick kid comes to their house and gets their kid sick...how will vaxers and non alike feel when their kids get potentially deadly illnesses from school and their friends?
UPDATE: THIS IS NOT TO BRING UP THE DEBATE ABOUT IF THEY ARE SAFE OR NOT. But a THought on IF the U.S. has more outbreaks or was more like African countries and other places where fighting diseases/illnesses that can be prevented or lessened by vaccinations IF this debate would even exist! It seems like we debate things because we have the luxury to do so and ignore the science behind it all because we can and because we've never buried kids from these illnesses or watched them get sick from them or didn't know someone who had.