Originally posted by Kongfuey
I have friends who refused to have their children immunised. There is nothing in the world wrong with these children. Of the children, one of them is now 14 yrs old and has never been sick.
You know why? Because those kids are hanging out with kids who've been immunised....and the immunised kids have no diseases that your friend's kids can catch
On the other hand, two of my sister's children weren't immunised. One had a case of whooping cough that developed into pneumonia; the other ended up with measles that left him with a partially paralysed left side (due to developing encephalitis).
There's so much left to chance; I think I'd prefer to take the risks (specially if they turn out to be unfounded, like Mr Wakefield's study....), than risk the potentially devastating disease itself, you know?
But you're right. It's up to the parents to do their own research, and whichever decision is made, to ensure that it's made for the right reasons.