I am absolutely making a judgement call, that the parents of the unvaccinated children were selfish. The baby that died was too young to have a developed immune system, and too young to receive a vaccination, so was not vaccinated. The other children in the day care centre were vaccinated. No vaccinated child contracted the disease.
Thankfully laws have now changed, and unvaccinated children, (except for babies too young to be vaccinated), will not be allowed to attend day care centres. So tragedies, such as the death of my friend's baby, will be less likely to occur.
Parents do have the right to not vaccinate their children, but they do not have the right to endanger the lives of other people's children.
Vaccines have been proven to provide immunity against certain diseases, there is plenty of evidence to support this. Is it 100% effective, no. There is a small incidence of adverse effects to vaccines. There is a much larger incidence of adverse effects from the diseases that vaccines prevent.
Its up to each of us to decide which risk we are willing to take.
My own personal view, is that the risk of an adverse effect, or death, from a preventable disease, is far greater than the risk of an adverse effect from a vaccine. This view is based on extensive research into both sides of the issue, not simply from an emotional reaction.