Are vaccines necessary?

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  • Yes. People are still dying or suffering lifelong effects from easily preventable diseases.

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  • For some vaccines, the benefits appear to outweigh the risks. But many vaccinations are for diseases that have very low chance of causing any long-lasting harm anyway. If there is non-zero risk associated with vaccination, perhaps it's sensible to decide on a case-by-case basis.

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  • We give vaccines too much credit for the advances made in preventing disease. Better nutrition, clean drinking water, improved sanitation etc. are all important factors too.

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  • Universal vaccination can actually increase the incidence of the disease that it is supposed to prevent.

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  • Perhaps some vaccinations are necessary, but the US now has so many routine vaccinations for babies, who are too young to even complain, that it's getting ridiculous.

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  • Recent measles outbreaks in America have claimed no lives - the deaths that occur from measles are in developing countries, where sanitation and nutrition is poor.

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