I need to get this off my chest, so bear with my little analogy. Imagine for a minute that you are walking beside a busy highway with your kids. Got it?
There you are walking along, cars and trucks are whizzing by, and some guy comes running up to you and yells “AAAAAHHHH! Tigers! There are tigers on the sidewalk and they’re eating people! Save yourself by running into the street where they can’t catch you!”
Would you run into the busy highway? Would you run away from a danger that seems highly improbable, one that you can’t see any sign of, and put yourself and your kids smack dab in front of a known and visible danger? Or would you wait until someone could show you evidence of a tiger on the sidewalk?
I think most of us would assume that the guy yelling “Tiger!” is probably, shall we say, a few sandwiches short of a picnic. But so many parents hear someone yelling “Vaccines are killing us! They’re causing encephalitis and autism and killing babies!” and they’re willing to run right out in front of vaccine-preventable illnesses like whooping cough and polio.
Until I see good scientific evidence of tigers, I’m going to keep my kids on the sidewalk. And keep getting the vaccinations.