Back when I entered 1st grade in about 1946 I had to have a smallpox vaccination, and I don't remember anyone fighting about whether or not to have their children vaccinated. If you wanted them to go to school, vaccination was the rite of passage to that new world. I just can't figure out what drives people to fight everything that comes along, even when their own health could be at risk, and the health of their families.
I can't remember the year the polio vaccine came out, but I got it, along with my younger siblings. Probably no one would have insisted I get it (I think I might have been out of school already, or possibly in high school, but I just chalked it up to being for my good and the good of others.
Maybe the answer is let people refuse it for themselves and their families if they choose, but they won't have my sympathy if their gamble falls back on them and they or a loved one gets the disease. I just have no patience with people who want to fight everything that comes along. I am not speaking about those who might have a valid medical reason, and not a "You can't tell me what to do" reason. I can't work up much sympathy when a parent is on their deathbed and heroically tells people they should get vaccinated. We are seeing more and more of that lately. I stress that I am not speaking about someone with a valid medical reason to refuse a vaccine, if there is a valid reason.
I realize it is common for "old folks" to look back on the way things were better when they were young, but dang, I can't believe how negative and uncooperative people can be today. They seem to have no respect for anyone, and that is reflected in many of the people they vote into public office.
Ok, I'm stepping down off my soapbox now. But if you are anywhere within 20 years of my age, get the damn vaccine! You most likely have already done that, because our generations were pretty smart, and didn't want to "cut off our nose to spite our face"! (And how many readers have heard our mothers use that expression with us!) And I just read today that a booster shot will soon be available to us "oldies but goodies", and you can bet I'm going to be in the front of the line!