[quote=MachineGhost]The relentless tit sucking at vaccination around here makes me sick. [/quote]
I'm sure there is a vaccine for that!
Seriously, for me it is a simple equation. Are the risk and consequences of an adverse reaction to a vaccine greater than the same for the disease? If so, avoid the vaccine. If not, get the shot.
Most of the "big ones" - smallpox, polio, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, etc. -- dispatched diseases with potentially horrible outcomes. I predate the measles vaccine, but I did have measles and developed a potentially life-threatening measles-related condition. So I'd go for the measles vaccine on that basis as well.
In the very old days, sick individuals with certain diseases were quarantined in their homes. Kind of totalitarian, no? And quarantine still an option today.
[quote=CDC]The list of quarantinable diseases is contained in an Executive Order of the President and includes cholera, diphtheria, infectious tuberculosis, plague, smallpox, yellow fever, viral hemorrhagic fevers (such as Marburg, Ebola, and Congo-Crimean), and severe acute respiratory syndromes.[/quote]