although you can play any card you want, there are many hospitals (if not most) and other health care facilities that won't let you in the door as an employee or student without titers that indicate you are not going to be carrying preventable infectious diseases to their vulnerable patients. you can complain about it all you want, but they are allowed to have bona fide rationales for this kind of refusal, and they are right to do it. so. wanna be a nurse?
and yes, that doc that published the lancet paper claiming mercury in vaccines caused autism has been thoroughly, thoroughly debunked, and has withdrawn his paper. he withdrew it. there's no mercury compounds in vaccines anymore anyway, even though there is and was no credible evidence it was harmful.
so your friends' home schooled kids are "incredibly healthy." they don't get out much, do they? if they're planning on staying down on the farm all their lives, they might avoid exposure to infectious disease. but if they get into town to go to the museum, go away to college, or ride in a greyhound bus, you can kiss that goodbye. there's a reason they're immunizing for "childhood diseases"-- get them as an adult and you are a lot sicker.
as i was born before 1957, i had the big ones-- chicken pox, measles, rubella, and mumps, and scarlet fever too. i remember them all. as a nurse, mother, and now grandmother, i am amazed that people think that these are harmless and that vaccination is orders of magnitude worse. they have no memory, as i do, of their classmates' mother having spontaneous abortions or blind babies when their kids brought home rubella in mom's first trimester (if they, the mothers, hadn't had it themselves), or babies born dead or deaf from measles, or teenagers who somehow escaped mumps as children only to become permanently sterile when their testes were fried. my uncle did that. or being kept inside in the summer because it was thought that polio would get you if you went swimming-- i remember classmates with braces. i can now, as a parent, imagine the terror my parents must have felt for us when summer rolled around-- they knew kids in iron lungs when they were young. there are still some alive in them, after all these years.the first oral vaccine came in when i was in junior high.
my mother grew up in a very isolated area and was home schooled (they lived on a mountain where my grandfather was a mining engineer) and so she never had chickenpox as a child. (she got good and sick with measles when she was sent away to boarding school as a teen.) when i brought chickenpox home from kindergarten, my 2 year old brother got it-- and so did my six-week-old baby sister, because although she was breastfed she got no immunity from my mother, who lacked it. and my mother was very ill indeed, with pneumonia and permanent neurological damage to her eyes, and at 6 weeks postpartum, too. i had a boss who got chickenpox as an adult and damn near died of it when she grew the pox lesions in her lungs. no laughing matter, i promise you.
at our house we had measles and mumps the same spring-- i can't remember who had what first, but one of us had mumps while the other two had measles (sister was in the hospital with asthma, so she missed out on all of it), and then two weeks or so later we all the the one we didn't have before. quite a spring.
both of my kids had chickenpox in a rare fall outbreak-- it's usually a disease of springtime. they were sick, but they did fine with it. in immunoincompetent kids (like kids with chronic diseases, cerebral palsy, leukemia or other malignancies...) it's life-threatening.
and of course, when we get old and become relatively immunoincomptetent, we'll be at risk for shingles- another condition that doesn't sound too bad until you know somebody with it. you know how your foot burns as it recovers from being "asleep" after you've crossed your legs and compressed the peroneal nerve in the back of your knee? you can stand it because you know it will be fine in a minute, but it hurts like a sunuvab**** for that minute, doesn't it? that's nerve pain...and shingles is nerve pain caused by the varicella (chickenpox virus) that's been living in there since you had chickenpox as a child. it wakes up and expresses itself along a nerve root distribution-- you can look up "dermatomes" and see where they could be. imagine that burning pain reaching from your spine all the way around your chest like a handful of flaming fingers...and it doesn't stop in a minute, it goes on for weeks, and the skin over that dermatome breaks out like one huge chickenpox lesion. that's shingles. there is a vaccine for elders for it now, with variable effectiveness (because you have to have a good immune system to make antibodies from getting a vaccine, and elder immune systems can be a little weak). but how much better would it be if the kid never got it in the first place.
people have no idea what it would be like in about two years if there were no effective vaccines for these diseases, because they have no cultural memory of them and they know them only from cartoons. ta'int funny, mcgee, as my grandmother (who lived through the 1918 influenza epidemic) would say.
getcher fool immunizations and be done c it.