And even if the kid doesn't die from being sick, they lose school time, their parents may lose time from work (if they both work), and there may be complications for the kid.
Why put up with all that if we don't have to?
And since a disease like measles could take 7 to 18 days from exposure to breaking out and about a week to recover there were many days during the season when several students in each class were home sick.
Jacobson v. Massachusetts - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I can't ever figure out how to post links to .pdf files, but an extensive discussion is titled, "Mandatory Vaccinations: Precedent and Current Laws" from the Congressional Research Office, May 21, 2014. Here's a quote from the challenger in Jacobson:
Sounds like many of the arguments made on this thread, which the Supreme Court rejected in favor of the government having the ability to protect the common welfare. I can't imagine any court could find otherwise as it's a core purpose of government and the powers of a police state.The petitioner argued that “a compulsory vaccination law is unreasonable, arbitrary and oppressive, and, therefore, hostile to the inherent right of every freeman to care for his own body and health in such way as to him seems best; and that the execution of such a law against one who objects to vaccination, no matter for what reason, is nothing short of an assault upon his person.”12