Twenty-four years ago, when I was pregnant with my first child, I went through the research and questions about getting our baby vaccinated. I asked the opinion of a freind of ours who was a doctor and whose wife was also pregnant at the time with their first child.
He had been raised in Ivory Coast, Africa, and when I asked what he thought of whether to vaccinate or not, he said, "If you have ever seen anyone die from diphtheria, you will get your child vaccinated."
That single statement was all I needed to hear. We had worked too long and too hard to have children for me to second-guess having them vaccinated. I never questioned our decision. And I would have lived with the consequences if anything had gone wrong.
As a caregiver and a mother, I cannot accept other people subjecting my elderly mother or my friends' grandchildren to a disease that could be prevented. It is a thoughtless act of selfishness hidden in a robe of pseudo-science.