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Whether -- and when -- to vaccinate children has come under much greater scrutiny in recent years by parents. Columnist  +Michael Hiltzik points to a new map that highlights the impact of delaying or withholding childhood vaccines. 

"The lesson of all this is that vaccination is not an individual choice to be made by a parent for his or her own offspring," he writes. "It's a public health issue, because the diseases contracted by unvaccinated children are a threat to the community." 

Do you agree that it's a matter of public concern or simply a private, family decision?
Aaron Carroll today offers a graphic depiction of the toll of the anti- vaccination movement. (H/t: Kevin Drum .) It comes from a Council on Foreign Relations interactive map of "vaccine-preventable outbreaks" worldwide 2008-2014.
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Public concern. Those infected must be vaccinated. 
 
You don't trust the President AND you know what's going down in Ca. +William Pittenger are you forgetting to take your meds again?
 
+William Pittenger I do agree with your assertion if it pertained to individuals who were isolated. But being in public, kids will eventually contract the virus and schools will eventually close the doors do to an epidemic.
 
We had the same thing here in Holland mainly in the cristian area ,kids died, they did not have à choice ,be wise and help them
 
+William Pittenger
Educate yourself before talking...You obviously know nothing about the systems you are pontificating about, as your arguments are, from the standpoint of biology, completely ridiculous.
 
+William Pittenger Interesting argument. " ...the purpose of the disease is to weed out the weak and strengthen the stronger ones for survival". So we shouldn't treat diseases, or just the preventable ones? Fuck 'em all and let God/nature sort them out? Diseases are just God's little evolutionary time-bombs.

You apparently practice a slightly less compassionate version of Christianity than the one I grew up in. Let's hope no one you love ever gets cancer.
 
Polio is making a comeback in some countries because of similar levels of stupidity and paranoia. It's a real shame.
 
Vaccinated children shouldn't worry coz if vaccinations worked they wouldn't contract the diseases... Only unvaccinated kids are at risk... Unless vaccinations don't work all the time...and I have met parents with kids that contracted measles, rubellas and so on while they all have received the complete vaccines. Furthermore, I read articles from some researchers about increased risks of autoimmune disorders as a result of vaccinations. We don't fully understand how our immune systems work and while some do benefit from vaccinations, some don't... And we have no way of telling how to screen for this. This is an issue that will not go away. Its extremely difficult to talk to parents who have lost their kids a week after they got a shot. No matter what we say, whether it was the cause or not, parents would see that a vaccine shot killed their children. And they have no means nor the resources to get any sort of justification.
 
A person who died because of an extreme allergic reaction to peanut butter,..... I wouldn't say that peanut butter is dangerous and should be banned but instead blame the person's immune system for the cause of death. The same for vaccination... while studies indicate that vaccinations are safe, not all immune systems are capable of responding to the barrage of vaccines and unless there is a sure way of screening, no one knows for sure. 
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