The physicians and health care professionals of Sonoma County, agree that vaccines are not only safe and effective, but critical to protecting individuals and our community from serious life-threatening infectious diseases. When a large majority of the population is vaccinated, the resulting herd immunity prevents the spread of disease and protects those who cannot be vaccinated - infants, children and people with compriomised immune systems. These groups are especially vulnerable to complications from vaccine preventable diseases. The best way to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community is to get vaccinated. Please use the comments section below to weigh in on this issue. Are vaccines safe and effective? Weigh in here. Please add your name as a comment to show our community that physicians overwhelmingly believe that vaccines are safe and effective. When we have enough names, we'll ask the Press Democrat to publish the above statement with all our names in support as a public statement.