Saturday, February 26, 2011
What is Dr Seagull talking about? The only way vaccines work is with herd immunity? Herd immunity is just a byproduct of people acting to protect themselves. So if I get a flu shot it doesn't work because the rest of the neighborhood didn't get one? The vaccine peddlers are becoming more and more detached from reality. Besides, if vaccines can only work with high levels of compliance through force then they can't work. The dream of America is freedom, not freedom from the measles. We cannot and will not sacrifice the former for the latter.
Furthermore, forced compliance just works at the margins. Those wanting protection can get vaccinated. If that's not enough they can stay home, away from germs. If that doesn't protect them to their satisfaction, too bad. No one has a right to force unwanted medical treatments on others regardless of the reasons.
And measles is a killer? I guess Goebbels was right: when lying lie big.
Anyway, herd immunity is public health's fantasy, not ours. And using the state to achieve it is entirely antithetical to the proper and just role of government: to protect rights, not to violate them to satisfy the goals of certain obsessive vested interests.
If there aren't enough willing vaccinees to achieve herd immunity, then you can't have your precious herd immunity. Get over it.