Immunization Rates and Healthcare Utilization
It is assumed that immunizations reduce illness and save lives, and I have lived through the era when hospitals were full of children with meningitis from H. flu and Strep pneumococcus. The Hib (against the H. flu bacteria) in particular and later the prevnar (against pneumococcus) definitely reduced and almost eliminated childhood meningitis from these number 1 and number 2 causes of bacterial meningitis. Our grandparents lived through polio and saw the eradication of that disease. Since there has not been a new case of polio acquired here in the USA for about 30 years, this danger has passed in the USA.
Immunizations are a procedure and as with all medical procedures, there should be a risk/benefit analysis and patients ( or their parents) should be given all the facts about the risks and the benefits so they can make an educated decision about the right choice for their child with regard to each and every vaccine. The era of one size fits all, and every child is given the full schedule of vaccines without consideration of what are a families risk factors needs to end. Families with autoimmune disorders, autism or even ADD and ADHD or other neuro-developmental concerns, and perhaps those with anxiety and depression, should think long and hard before injecting their infants and young children with the full schedule of vaccines.
This article below is a step in the right direction. I look forward to getting the full raw data. Study analysis may have been to prove that lower vaccination rates are risky. It appears that there may also be some benefits to the lower vaccination rates: