I know, it's horrible to wear a scarlet letter when all you want is the best for your child. What makes this debate so hard is how many people have to wear scarlet letters. My son-in-law has to wear one by virtue of being a physician who believes vaccines are safer than the alternative. I have to wear one too because I'm a scientist who believes that as well.
My father was incensed that he should be forced to wear a seatbelt because he was an engineer who could demonstrate how they created harm. He was absolutely right, he could. I was of the point of view that they saved far more lives than they took and I believed the data had spoken. We became close in time but we could never talk about seatbelts because it upset him so.
As a scientist, I feel a deep sense of moral responsibility to say I believe vaccines save more lives than they harm and the data have spoken.
I watched Andrew Wakefield's film Vaxxed. I can understand the concern it generates, I really can, and I'm so sorry for the fear and scarlet letters people have to live with as a result of it. But I don't think I could live with myself if I didn't say, as almost all credible scientists and medical professionals do, I believe the film and Andrew are simply fraud. He's science's worst nightmare: someone who fakes data and won't quit even though he's been caught.