Originally Posted by Literature
There is an important difference, though. If a person does not get a flu shot, they are harmed. But they had a choice in the matter. If a deranged person gets an assault rifle, goes to a school, and shoots 10 kids, the person not harmed made a choice for someone who was harmed.
So yes and no. There's also the issue of Herd Immunity. If I get the flu and then give it to someone else, have I not hurt them too? The advantage of immunization in general is that if enough people get them it stops the viruses from even getting close to those that might be immunocompromised..
While it is someone's individual choice, it has group consequences. It's like the articles they were running a few years ago about minor epidemics of kids getting sick from diseases that were supposed to be wiped out in the US. The problem was they happened in communities where parents had been more likely to not get the kid immunized due to fears of vaccines causing autism, resulting a disease that might have stopped after 1-2 infections, finding hosts in 10s to 100s of kids who weren't vaccinated.
Even being vaccinated doesn't prevent you from getting sick, but if enough people are vaccinated around you that it doesn't spread when someone gets sick, it's not likely you'll even get exposed. What may be a minor sickness for some will be a deadly one for others.
Like I said this isn't meant to be really serious but I hope makes people think a little about what is important.