Is YWN going too far, with its scare click bait?
Lakewhut – They haven’t gone far enough!
But it won’t make a difference.
The only chance is – if all the Rabbonim & Schools get behind the Vaccine movement.
First, the frum anti-vaxers are marginal to the frum community. It isn’t like they are followers of a leading rav or rebbe, since the “official” frum community is not involved with “alternative medicine”. The efforts of the frum community have always been toward “establishment” medicine (e.g. getting more people covered by CHIPS. That some Yidden follow some very dumb non-Jewish ideology and get n trouble for it is something that the frum establishment probably sees as reason to say “I told you so”.
Second, the diseases prevented by vaccines are all fairly serious. Even the mildest ones cause major expenses especiaily if both parents are working (including situations where the mother is a teacher), since the children get sick enough that a parent has to stay home with them. Some have serious complications, and even if the chance is 1/10 of a percent, that means a few dozen frum Jews will die or be permanently disabled.
I clearly recall in the years before vaxing for MMR public health departments would quarantine those with these illnesses. The houses had quarantine signs and siblings of sick children were not permitted in public school.