@browncoat - It is interesting the way the two concepts interact. If your children are vaccinated, is that a higher standard of living? What if you refuse to get them vaccinated and are legally allowed to do so? There are countries where it is mandatory for all children to be vaccinated whether the parents want them to be or not and disease rates have dropped considerably in those countries. Does that mean the standard has risen and the quality of life (which includes the freedom to make medical choices) has dropped? It's never that simple.