Immunizations save lives. That is a fact, not supposition. Unfortunately the 21st century has bred a new generation of disease-deniers that oppose immunizations for their children on the grounds of autism fears or religious beliefs. The awful polio, mumps, pox, and measles epidemics of the early 20th century seems far in the past, clearly giving false comfort to ignorant parents who are left to obsess instead over a wide range of bogeymen that supposedly arise from immunizations of children.
This obsession has become such a problem among Gen-X and Gen-Y parents with their Millennial and Gen-Z children, that mini-epidemics of long-thought-dead diseases have been periodically flaring up across the country. Unfortunately this obvious evidence of selfish and self-righteous folly has been largely dismissed by “true-believers”, or rather, true disbelievers. Thus cases like the recently publicized jailing of a Michigan mother who had refused to immunize her child in opposition to a year-long court order.
Parents should not have to worry about their children sickening and possibly dying because a disease-denier refused to immunize their child, particularly for vaccines sanctioned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That should be a public right that trumps parental choice. Hopefully it won’t take the death of hundreds or thousands of children in the future to ensure that public right is protected.