LiveJournal Question of the Day #4248: Vaccinations What are your thoughts on vaccinations? Do you personally believe they play any role in the development of autism or other chronic diseases? What diseases would you like to see a vaccine manufactured against over your lifetime? Vaccinations are necessary to prevent epidemics and to prevent deadly & debilitating infections. It is the responsibility of all who are able to take them. This provides a herd immunity, which covers those who are unable to take them and those whose immune systems cannot handle the illnesses. They play absolutely no role in autism. This has been proven with study after study. It has also been discredited as a theory because of Wakefield’s well-known fraud. Most other chronic illnesses that are “linked” to vaccines are not actually from the vaccines. They are actually coincidental. Researchers and vaccine manufacturers to have a responsibility, though, to make sure that vaccines are always healthy. The first future vaccine that pops into my mind in the HIV vaccine, which is already being worked on. Other important ones could include Malaria, Ebola, Chagas disease, dengue fever, parasitical infections, and other diseases that endanger over a billion lives in various parts of the world.