We had an earlier discussion on traditional vs alternative medicine. One topic that came up a few times was vaccinations. In addition, I was having a discussion with someone about vaccinations. They were railing on how evil vaccinations are and claimed that they are causing autism and all manner of diseases (kind of the opposite of those who claim certain nutraceuticals cure all manner of disease). When I asked them for data or sources that backed up their claims, they cited some random internet sites that are, to put it nicely, less than credible.

In addition, a prior post had several comments related to Mormons who will not vaccinate their children. I think it is clear that vaccines save lives and that if the level of vaccination falls too low in a population, that population is at risk of an infectious disease outbreak like we have seen with Measles in Massachussets and Whooping Cough in California which ironically are two of the most liberal states in the country…
I see no rational reason (perhaps there are health related reasons) why someone would not vaccinate their child, it seems to be irresponsible for them. For Mormons to ignore the collective good is even more strange, since much of Mormonism and its practices are about doing good for the benefit of all. Obviously, I am pro-Vaccination but I would be interested in other viewpoints on this to try to understand the Mormon rationale for not vaccinating…