There is a tiny, tiny chance of a baby being born with defects if the mother isn't already immune to chicken pox. Also, I wouldn't call a less than 1% chance within a 7 week span "highly dangerous". It's no Rubella. Studies show that it is helpful for the elderly (if they have had chicken pox before in their lifetime) to be exposed to chicken pox, as it acts as a booster and prevents an outbreak of shingles.
I didn't say that meningitis isn't deadly. I said that it's not necessary to do a mass immunization as most people won't be exposed in their entire lifetime. I'm sorry that your sister's friend died. My point is that meningitis isn't exactly the common cold.
I have a friend who frequently suffers malarial outbreaks. It sucks, but she's alive despite going through this probably once per year. The wonders of modern medicine mean that yes, if I'm going to a place where I'd be likely to contract malaria I could be immunized beforehand, but if I ended up contracting said illness science could still help me. I won't get a malaria vaccine until it seems to be a very real and dangerous threat, though. I'm not sure why you brought up malaria.
Why is everyone so damned afraid of being sick? Society is so backwards - we don't take care of our bodies and expect that we can just take a shot to prevent what we may be able to fight on our own with a more balanced, healthier lifestyle.
I don't take medication unnecessarily. Nor do I believe mass vaccination for the flu are necessary.
There is no vaccine for malaria. Only prophylaxis and actions to break the cycle (covering the skin, bug spray, spraying the walls with pesticide, fogging pesticide, eliminating stagnat water etc)
I brought it up because it's currently the largest killer in the world. It absolutely devastates communities.
Malaria is an entirely preventable disease as it stands however the effort needed, for those who are not merely visitors, to prevent it is great. I know I've been to Chad where the most dangerous form is prevalent and at my companies worksite I did not see one mosquito in 2 weeks because of the effort and precautions taken.
Your friend is lucky as she has not contracted the deadliest form of malaria.
Add to that it's not as simple as getting a shot a week before you go to a danger zone.
As for meningitis I'm not looking for sympathy for my friends sister. Point is its not the common cold it's much more serious when you have inflammation of the brain and it spinal cord.
You seem to miss the point. Mass vaccinations prevent outbreak. Everyone benefits.
This is something that appears totally lost on developed country e-warriors who have never been to or lived in countries which have serious problems with disease.
I live in the middle east and very frequently travel to crap holes where diseases of all sorts are rampant and see the effects on a regular basis. Something that seems lost on people who for decades have not had to live with those effects.