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The needs of the many or the needs of the few?

In 2015 we’re seeing a lot of stories about those who favour vaccinations (most people) and those who don’t (a small few). There’s a huge controversy out there about it, and it’s getting more and more in my face, and I’m finding it annoying.

But not that annoying that I don’t want to weigh in on the subject with my own opinions. ‘Cause you all know how I love sharing my opinions…

There was a time not so long ago that I held the opinion that people should do whatever the hell they wanted. Those who don’t vaccinate only affect those others who don’t vaccinate, so they reap what they sew. The rest of us should just let them die out from disease, if that’s what they want.

But some time within the past 6-12 months, I gained a new perspective from something I read somewhere. Don’t ask me where it was, I can’t remember and it doesn’t matter. But it allowed me to see that the unvaccinated can become carriers of diseases that will affect those who can’t be vaccinated, like babies, the sick, and old people.

I do understand the fear of some parents that don’t want to vaccinate their children because they’re afraid of the risks to their children from complications with the vaccination. I get that. I also get that there are parents that just want to exercise their right to freedom of choice, and to choose to go against the herd, so to speak.

But I also get that not vaccinating your own children could very well kill others who simply can’t be vaccinated.

And that’s pretty selfish, really. Not to mention criminal.

“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few…” – Spock, Star Trek.

The Australian government has decided this week that all parents receiving child support must get their kids vaccinated, or risk not getting the support. This is apparently worth up to $15,000 a year. I wonder if people decide the money is more important than their right to a choice.

At first I was against it when I heard about it, but ultimately, I think it’s a good idea to encourage people to vaccinate their kids, so that the needs of the many are considered before the needs of the few.

If it’s good enough for Star Trek’s Federation, then it’s good enough for me!

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