siananigan wrote:What I DO fight for is the right to choose, people have the right to informed consent, they have the right to say no to medical treatment and they should be able to do so without being attacked, excluded or undermined. Just as people have the right to be vaccinated. I am so glad I live in NZ and not other countries where children are vaccinated without parental permission, where children are excluded from schools due to vaccination status and where people who choose not to vaccinate are increasingly criminalized.
I think we have common ground here; I do think the pros of vaccination outweigh the cons, but I really don't like the idea of government-mandated vaccination. The next government-mandated procedure might be one I'm not so keen on.
siananigan wrote:I think DonQuixote what you are probably going to have to accept is that people who have gone the route of refusing vaccination have done so for reasons that are just as valid as your decisions to vaccinate.
It's not people that don't vaccinate I object to. It's the people who produce misinformation like the charts mentioned upthread. I do think those people are wrong. I've seen those charts cited in many places as I read up on vaccination. I don't even know why someone would molest data like that; if they're against vaccination then surely the information they used to reach that conclusion would suffice to convince others - they don't need to mislead and obfuscate.