In most health matters, defying medical authority mainly has individual consequences. Those who believe that cancer can be treated with coffee enemas are only killing themselves. But communicable diseases are different. Some people can’t be immunized for medical reasons, or their protective response to a vaccine is weak. They depend on the immunity of others to avoid infection.For herd immunity to work, 90 percent of the community must be immunized. The United States for the most part boasts high vaccination rates, but pockets of less immunized communities are popping up across the nation, making their residents vulnerable to disease outbreaks.
Vaccination for individuals without medical exemptions shouldn’t be a choice, says Gerson. Vaccination, he argues, is a social responsibility. Read the article at The Washington Post.