When I first heard about cases where people refused vaccination for their kids, kids who can't even decide for themselves yet, I honestly didn't think much of it. Then I found out it was because there might be a link between vaccination and autism which is why parents are making the decision to not vaccinate. At that time I was still a medical student so my thinking was sort of 'each to their own' and then few years down the line I started realising this silly decision is no longer 'each to their own' but really affecting a whole lot of other people (eg. the immunocompromised ones who need heard immunity) other than just putting their own kids at risk.
As my classmates turned interns, they started seeing really really sad cases where young infants die of whooping cough or meningitis (cased by haemophilus influenza). Each of the stories were pretty similar, the parents of these poor kids are either uneducated or have a false belief. The worst bit - is when the doctor tells these parents they could have PREVENTED the kid's death. Just imagine the guilt.
To me the logic is pretty simple, without vaccination, you won't even be born because small pox would have taken over the world (Note: small pox vaccine is the first successful vaccine developed back in 1796 and has successfully eradicated the disease). Just ask yourself, did your parents vaccinate themselves and you too? So why would you choose not to vaccinate your kids?
Apart from the fact that the original research about vaccination and autism was totally made-up plus a lot more money spent on properly researching this link and found no link at all, if you still think you are more educated than the world and that pharmaceutical companies are out to get your money, at least consider the fact that you are part of the human race and you should do the right thing and let your kids contribute to herd immunity to help those who can't vaccinate for medical reasons (seriously don't be so selfish). I once saw a comment in a forum where a lady said she would rather have an autistic kid than a dead kid so she chose to immunise her kids. Anti-vaxxers, you should really think hard on that and please enjoy the video below.
Dr Nicole Ng (MBBS) is a medical doctor with a passion in women's health and medical research