The old truth about Congress has always been “MY Congressmen is great; it’s the rest of those so-and-so’s that are crooks!!” I have a feeling for a lot of anti-vaccination zealots, they have the same opinion about pediatricians – their local doctor is someone they know and like, but big organizations like HHS, AMA, NIH, etc. are just monoliths in the pockets of big Pharma!
In a study of Connecticut pediatricians published last year, some 30% of 133 doctors said they had asked a family to leave their practice for vaccine refusal, and a recent survey of 909 Midwestern pediatricians found that 21% reported discharging families for the same reason.
The fact is that vaccinations are unambiguously in both society and the individual child’s best interest. While final authority of treatment should be in the hands of patients and parents, I think it’s within a doctor’s rights to refuse treatment to someone who’s unwilling to follow recommendations founded on well-established principles.
This solution – founded on individual doctors making individual decisions – is much preferable to any sort of government solution founded on coercion or penalties for non-vaccination. My sense is that those against vaccinations will just resist all harder if told by Big-Government what they have to do to their children. The same message coming voluntarily from the local practitioner, on the other hand, might make a difference.