This is one of most appalling of all anti-vax arguments.

Here’s one:

And another;

Contracting and overcoming [childhood] diseases are part of a developmental process that actually helps develop a healthy, robust, adult immune system able to meet the challenges that inevitable encounters with viruses and bacteria will present later on.

Shawn Seigel at has a lot to say on the subject.  One example:

The irony of vaccination is that the industry claims it protects against disease, but disease is a natural, protective function; disease is detox.

This is an argument that is so ridiculous that you’d think it would simply fade away.  The idea that it’s a good thing for you child to suffer and risk death or disfigurement is about as low as the anti-vaxxers can go, but their blind believe in the vast global vaccine conspiracy is so all pervasive that sickness and death seem to them to be preferable to vaccination.

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