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October 15th, 2012 (10:46 AM).
Vaccines are only effective at stopping epidemics if most of the population has been vaccinated. For reasons of public health should everyone be vaccinated, or does this infringe on their choices?
If you're not too familiar with this topic, lots of people are given the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine as kids before we enter school (which is kind of a breeding ground for germs and disease) and so develop an immunity to these diseases, keeping them safe and making it harder to spread the disease to those people who aren't vaccinated. There are also sexually transmitted diseases, such as HPV (human papilloma virus) which cause a number of different cancers, that have vaccines, although this and other vaccines are not as widespread as the MMR vaccine. Typically you get one or a few doses of the vaccine and only a few people show side effects, most of which are minor. Vaccines are widely known to be the reason we no longer worry about polio of smallpox.
If you want to bring up the autism rumors, religious objections, conspiracy theories, whether you're vaccinated, or whatever else, go ahead.
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