> parents delaying vaccinations in a misguided attempt to reduce risk to their child are achieving the exact opposite outcome
Not really, no. First, as I pointed out, the article itself disagrees with its own headline, by saying that the long term results of delayed and prompt are the same. Second, if that's the only issue, I'm sure some pro-delay person would just do the MMR first or whatever.
> Further the only way you could describe as a "guess" that increasing the length of time a child is not vaccinated will increase their risk of disease is if you don't believe that vaccines are effective.
Absolutely incorrect. A small delay would obviously increase the window during which an unvaccinated child could be exposed to the disease, but if that window takes place during a part of the child's life where he's very unlikely to be exposed in any event (baby versus child, etc), then the effect could easily not show up in the statistics. The fact that the delayed and un-delayed cases end up with the same average effects proves this- if the delay window was when all the viruses showed up, you'd expect to see that in the data. You don't.
> nonmedical exemptions to immunization mandates should be barred
Presumably you mean as the AMA says it: with this standing as a gate to enter public schooling. This is a reasonably contentious issue: the antivax group is still small, and will probably stay that way. Blocking access to schools is taking a very strong stance on it, one which will strongly motivate the opposite team. Note also that this sort of thing always seems to be 100%: a state either allows philosophical exemptions, or they do not. Middle ground solutions, such as having some small percent of schools that allow philosophical exemptions, never even enter the debate. Meanwhile, since much of the antivax stuff is fueled by raw fear, your go-to solution involves mandating stuff (and you probably approve of public service messages that portray those who don't vaccinate as stupid, backwards, or malicious, instead of ignorant, unpersuaded, and scared).
Believe as you like. But remember policy like this can very much end up with headlines like "President Alex Jones".