While the U.S. can and should follow Germany's example in calmly dealing with infectious diseases, the lesson for both countries is the same: Missing vaccinations puts people and their children at unnecessary risk. There's still zero evidence that vaccinations cause autism or any other serious health complications, and Germany's example shows that industrialized countries everywhere remain at risk, even without the presence of those who would seek to exploit fear and paranoia for political ends.
Most anti-vax people are left wingers. Most of the politicians who WERE ASKED- i.e. didn't just bring it up for their own ends- are Republicans.
McKay mentions Senator Rand Paul and Governor Chris Christie in his article. Paul is based out of Kentucky and Christie is governor of New Jersey. Most of the anti-vaxxers are left coast liberals. The nature of American politics make it extremely unlikely that either of these politicians are going to gain anything from making these statements, unless there is some grand behind the scenes play-acting going on where they are getting paid somehow to say lines.
At this point I wouldn't be surprised, because practically every single pro-vaccination thing mentions autism, and politics, and never deals with the issue of whether or not herd immunity via vaccination is a reasonable thing to assume.
In other words, McKay, with a great prima facia case for the measles vaccine not working- not only in America, but in Germany as well- where there isn't much of an anti-vaccine movement- can't walk down the logic tree.
The Robert Koch Institute told German newspaper Deutsche Welle that 375 cases of measles have been confirmed in the past four months. With 254 new cases in January alone, the Washington Post calculates the outbreak in Germany to be 10 times worse than America's, based on relative population size.
Germany has learned from experience. In 2001, a measles epidemic infected about 6,037 people, by the World Health Organization's estimate.
In what sort of milieu did these measles outbreaks appear? A 97% vaccination rate. But that isn't good enough apparently:
This doesn't mean that the Germans are disease-proof. While Germany currently boasts a childhood vaccination of 97%, the Washington Post reports that "one-third of all vaccinated German children either lack a sufficient immunization (which usually requires a second dose), or are vaccinated too late."
How about this? After about two years (it actually varies depending on your personal immune system) you have no more antibodies because getting a shot is not the same as getting the disease. Herd immunity is thus not conferred upon populations that vaccinate.
This is the logical avenue to pursue. Notice what the excuse is in Germany. Germans, who are renown for hard work and punctuality, supposedly aren't keeping up with the schedule. And why does it require a second shot? Well, in reality it requires a second shot to keep some level of antibodies in the child through school. It likely requires a new shot every two years- or more often, depending on your immune system. Now, that might be a way to keep you vaccinated against certain diseases, but a lot of vaccinations are also a way to depress your immune system and cause you to catch a lot of illness you aren't vaccinating against.
Just as you should eat nutrient dense foods that your body can actually use, rather than junk food, you should work to improve your immune system. People can survive off of cheap starches for a while, but keep it up long enough and problems start to appear. Problems are beginning to appear with the much vaunted vaccine regime for the similar reasons.