ABC News, coming late to the party, I'm sure, has posted a video highlighting a recent surge in whooping cough cases in Washington state. They have had ten times as many cases this year so far as they had in all of 2012. Unless you've been living under a rock, you can probably guess as to why.
Yes, it's because idiot parents are deciding that vaccinations are the cause of all children's ills and choosing against them. Thus, we have massive spikes in all of the illnesses that the various Brontë sisters had at some point in their lives. Yes, it's like the 1800's all over again.
I'm going to simply add my voice to cacophony of well-supported screaming going on in the medical world, if for no other reason than one other voice, no matter how insignificant, is better than silence. If you do not vaccinate your children, you are stupid. Indeed, you are so stupid, you should give serious consideration as to whether you want your genes being transferred to the next generation. Because while the gene for abject stupidity is recessive, your mate hypothetically agrees with you, so he or she may be a carrier as well.
I can only assume that this is a side-effect of living in our comparatively super-safe Western society. We seek out danger, because something in our hind-brain is telling us that there is danger out there, somewhere. And after being separated from the real danger for over three generations, the things that are actually protecting us may seem threatening.
First, this perspective is disgustingly Western-centric. There are millions of people all around the globe who live in daily fear of the diseases that we have "conquered." Polio, pertussis, measels, mumps, and every imagineable permutation of influenza kill with abandon in less-developed countries. To say that these diseases aren't real threats is idiotic, ignorant, and insulting.
I've posted all five parts of PBS' The American Experience: The Polio Crusade. Watch the videos of children suffering from polio, and then try saying that it's some conspiracy of the medical community to... to... I don't know. Make money? Rule babies? I don't care. Shut up, and vaccinate your children.