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Your Selfish Arrogance Will Hurt Other People. Get Your MMR Vaccine.

It is selfish arrogance to presume you need not be vaccinated against highly communicable diseases like measles. I keep hearing people say it hurts no one but one’s self to avoid vaccines, but that is a lie.

My wife, for example, has cancer and is on a daily oral chemotherapy regimen that weakens her immune system. If you refuse to get vaccinated and get the measles, you jeopardize my wife even though she has been vaccinated. You also risk others with compromised immune systems.

With measles, there has been a legitimate moral argument that the vaccine was produced using aborted children. That is true. It is also fifty years ago. Even the Vatican recognizes there is no longer a moral objection to the vaccine in 2019 based on that as aborted children are no longer used to produce the vaccine.

The measles could be eradicated, but some people are selfishly refusing to get the vaccine. It is a level of selfish arrogance that produces the belief we all stand in isolation from one another and do not affect one another. It is also abusive to children to let them suffer with a disease that can so easily be prevented.

I believe in individuality and individual responsibility, but an individuality that allows a person to presume they are not part of a community is as sinful as subsuming individuality into tribalism or a collective. Scripture says to seek the welfare of the city in which you are in exile and there you will find your welfare. You are supposed to be a part of community. You have individual responsibility to your community. We are communal creatures. That community must come with responsibility. That responsibility includes keeping others from harm.

Stop believing lies, myths, and your arrogance.

Get vaccinated, if not for your own good then for the good of those around you.

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