You can’t hide in the herd
This is a really good article written by Dr. Joseph Albeitz which melds nicely with our last post on the concept of herd immunity. Embedded within the article are links to two studies which show "that the act of refusing to vaccinate against pertussis (whooping cough) placed children at a 23 times greater risk of contracting pertussis."
The studies themselves can be found at links below. Oh look - this first one is an actual published study with full sources and even a statement which says the seven authors (actual doctors mind you) have no financial relationships relevant to the article to disclose... thus no bias. Also note that this study included hundreds upon hundreds of patients to ensure a broad range was included as opposed to something Wakefield might try to put together with a total of 12 patients (hand-picked and often fraudulently selected).
Parental Refusal of Pertussis Vaccination Is Associated With an Increased Risk of Pertussis Infection in Children
But wait... there's more. Here is another published study which includes a full decade of data and hundreds of patients included. If we were to take one sentence to sum this one up it would be the following: "Children of parents who refused varicella immunizations were at a greatly increased risk of varicella infection requiring medical care".
Parental refusal of varicella vaccination and the associated risk of varicella infection in children.
Darn that science... it just keeps coming up with more facts that interfere and conflict with the antivaxer viewpoint. We have real science and real studies proving the effectiveness of vaccines (and the proven risks to those who choose not to vaccinate), but vaccine deniers like Mr. Lowell Hubbs refuse to accept it. Instead, they would rather confuse people by linking them over to some unpublished and non peer-reviewed opinion piece from a personal blog or send them over to the conspiracy theorist website whale.to.
As always, facts and science cannot be disputed nor debated.