Let’s be clear: vaccinations are not only safe for the individual, they are also in the public interest. There is zero connection between vaccinations and autism. Nada. And “herd immunity,” can prevent contagious diseases from spreading with a high enough vaccination rate. But we’ve fallen herd immunity reates recently, which has led to the mind-boggling return of measles, which was once considered eradicated.
In Massachusetts, a bill is circulating that eliminates so-called “religious exemptions” to vaccination, which has been a back-door that allowed anti-vaccination conspiracists to erode the public’s herd immunity. It’s main sponsor, Rep. Andy Vargas, has been attacked. Today, I wrote to Rep. Vargas to thank you him for his sensible legislation.