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From: Keith (d207-216-60-167.bchsia.telus.net -207.216.60.167)
Subject: Re: Vaccination/Immunization
Date: February 26, 2007 at 8:35 pm PST

In Reply to: Vaccination/Immunization posted by TriciaC on February 26, 2007 at 6:04 pm:

I understand your reluctance.

Personally, I am in favour of vaccinations. I see it as risk management: what are the odds and potential harm of vaccination versus the odds and potential harm of getting the disease that the vaccination prevents? The odds of getting a disease are higher and the consequences more severe compared to the odds and consequences of having a complication from the vaccine.

The only thing that makes the risks of not vaccinating even thinkable is that almost everyone else is getting vaccinated and therefore there are few people to get the diseases from. In effect, you would be relying on other people to do what you will not. To me, this is like relying on other people to pick up litter or relying on other people to obey speed limits. Relying on other people to do what one will not do one's self (or doing something that would be intolerable if everyone did it) is, in my opinion, antisocial.

Keith



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