Some pretty smart young people on here. That is nice to see.
I take no strong stance on the HSV vaccine. To make a decision one should know the following:
The current HSV vaccine is intented to prevent infection and transmission by HSV 16/18. These are the variants implicated in cervical and possibly other cancer types.
Every single FDA approved vaccine type (over the last 20 years) has had far less adverse effects than the incidence of serious adverse effects seen with antibiotic use. This also applies to the Herpes vacicine.
There are more than 20 million people in USA infected with HSV. 7 percent of those infected have had one sex partner in their lifetime. Vaccine effectiveness follow the concept of herd immunity which proposes that, in contagious diseases that are transmitted from individual to individual, chains of infection are likely to be disrupted when large numbers of a population are immune or less susceptible to the disease. This is why people that dont get flu vaccine place others in the herd at risk.
Vaccines got alot of bad press after the publication of that Lancet article by wakefield suggesting that autism was connected to vaccines. Many people decided to forgoe vaccinations for their children. The study was later to be proven fabricated and false. The author, a physician, was paid to write this false publication. It is now estimated that many children died world wide due to the decline in vaccination rates. He is a bad physician and a bad man.
The New England Journal of Medicine said that antivaccinationist activities due to the autism paper resulted in a high cost to society, "including damage to individual and community well-being from outbreaks of previously controlled diseases, withdrawal of vaccine manufacturers from the market, compromising of national security (in the case of anthrax and smallpox vaccines), a loss of public trust, and lost productivity".