Vaccines benefit everyone



August 26, 2019 - 10:20 AM

DEAR DR. ROACH: I read your column on vaccinations and was bothered about one issue that has not been addressed. Who are “anti-vaxxers” — those who oppose scheduled vaccinations — putting at risk by not having their kids vaccinated? Primarily others of like minds, it seems to me. Those who are vaccinated are not at risk, right? The only others I think might be at risk are future generations if we could ever fully eradicate such diseases, but that is a small probability.

I generally support people’s right to deny entering programs they disagree with, even if they are ignorant conclusions. — T.R.

ANSWER: You would be correct if vaccines were 100% effective and if everyone could get them, but neither of those are true.

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