This heat map is chilling if you consider the pre-2008 map. You will notice the emergence of epidemic of infants and toddler diseases that were almost extinct, thanks to a massive vaccination campaign. Then came the fad of being “anti-science” under the umbrella of “natural” lifestyle.
Let me be clear on it. I am a spiritual son of Louis Pasteur, I have the honor of being an Alumni of the same University that carries his name, and I have been a child of a generation grown without any fears of hearing names such as “polio” or “rougeole (measles)”. I did not even know what was “scarlatine” when I was reading Tintin comics (in the “Bijoux de la Castafiore” volume). I had to ask my elementary school teacher about it because it was completely unknown to me, to discover that it is a grave form of measles for those who escaped it.
A hundred year ago, TB was one of the most devastating diseases in Western countries, with very few options for its treatment with exception of being in sanatoriums and fresh air. This was until Calmin and Guerette developed the attenuated vaccine called BCG in France that revolutionize TB management with increased hygiene measures (spit in the street was forbidden). Yes, vaccines are not panacea, they are not fool-proof like any drugs, like any food even the so-called “organic natural food” that maybe indeed more risky in terms of health safety (E.Coli outbreak does not come from pesticides or industrial fertilizers, but from “natural” ones but this is another story). But vaccines can keep us from having mobile reservoirs around in public areas, by decreasing the ability of such pathogens to infect and spread such germs.
Remember, there is a so-called incubation time prior you develop symptoms that makes you a vector of contamination. By maintaining a pool of such strain, you encourage the spreading of such germ and in the same time some novel variants that may have an advantage for virulence and infection efficiency (pure Darwinian evolution).
Another reason to vaccinate yourself and your children? Look at Syria and the polio epidemic, see how a government tyranny that leveled basic need of civilian population (healthcare providers, basic hygiene) set a almost extinct disease into a global health concern.
Anti-vax should have been surprised to hear from Jenna McCarthy (that has no credentials to provide recommendations on health related issues) that her son autism was not linked to vaccination, and the seminal studies has been disproved by many others. In addition, anti-vax are considerably putting their children at risk of some major health hazard unless they want to contribute to Darwinian evolution of human species.
So please, vaccine your children and yourself.