Just a little informational session on what is “Herd Immunity” and why it is so important to society.
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"Herd Immunity" is a form of Immunity from communicable diseases for an entire community. The idea is that if a high majority of people in a community are vaccinated or otherwise immune to a disease, the few who are not vaccinated are also less likely to be affected by the disease. The reason is that the disease is not easily spread when so many people are immune. The odds of the disease reaching a non-immune person are significantly lowered. The ideal "Herd Immunity" threshold is between 80%-95% for the most common vaccinated diseases. That means at least 80% of the community must be vaccinated to ensure a desired high level of protection from communicable diseases.
This is a critical component of modern day medicine. Vaccinations are usually proven to work to make people either immune or very resistant to a variety of deadly diseases. However, there are small numbers of people who for other medical conditions cannot receive particular vaccinations. Some are allergic to the method of vaccine delivery, some already have a weakened immune system, etc. The percentage of people who cannot take vaccinations is relatively small but numerically significant.
So when people start getting paranoid of vaccinations and prevent their children from receiving vaccinations, they harm the “Herd Immunity”. I can also imagine immigrants or undocumented people who might be hesitant to have their children vaccinated. By increasing the number of non-immune population, they increase the number of potential infected and propagators of a communicable disease. This puts not only their own children at much higher risk for infection, they also put other un-vaccinated children, the ones who don’t have a choice, at risk. It’s a mixture of high individualism and anti-science becoming a serious problem for many more people.
Many reports show that “Herd Immunity” is dropping in many areas because parents are not getting their children vaccinated. This compromises the safety of the community and I think it is reckless and irresponsible. I think it’s one of those things where the “freedom” advocates will want to keep Government out of it, but it really is in the interest, the responsibility, of the Government to enforce vaccinations to protect citizens.