Don’t put a link about the topic “vaccination” on social media. It starts a battle. At least in Germany. I posted on Facebook. I should have known better.
There are two sides firmly convinced standing on the right side. On the one side the wisdom of the conventional medicine who claims one of the greatest achievement of mankind banning most of deadly epidemics, on the other side an anti-immunization community, well-connected, who blame the conventional medicine for vaccination damages. (Is this battle a typically german phenomenon?)
But to say it clear: In Germany both sides aren’t the same size. People who are against vaccination are a clear minority. Approximately 1 to 2 percent are against vaccination says Dorothea Matysiak-Klose from the Robert-Koch-Institut in Berlin, responsible for disease control and prevention in Germany. And: Immunisation coverage is still high in Germany.
On the other side: The failure of vaccinations is its success. So vaccination fatigue could grow in the future. Also there is a “free-rider” problem which is that the people not being vaccinated benefit from the vaccinated ones, because the more people are vaccinated the more unlikely is an epidemic. From that lower risk everbody benefits. In economic terms: There is an incentive not to be vaccinated.