Letters to the Editor

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Tag: measles

Feb.
20th

VACCINES: Legislators overstep authority

State legislators have proposed a bill that would take away the right of parents to make informed medical decisions for their own children. House Bill 2009 would eliminate the “personal objection” exemption to our state’s mandatory vaccination law, preventing parents from choosing whether, when and against what illnesses to vaccinate their children.

As a mother, I deeply understand the concern with preventing communicable illness. But the measles cases reported in California do not justifying this overstep of legislative authority. Medical decisions should be made by parents, in consultation with their doctors, not by legislators in Olympia.

Feb.
9th

VACCINES: Do teachers have any say in this?

Re: “Nearly one-fourth of Vashon kindergartners don’t get shots” (TNT, 2-7).

I read with dismay about the residents of Vashon Island and how they legally opted out of vaccinations for their kids. The question to ask those who choose not to vaccinate their kids is does a teacher have the right not to teach kids who aren’t vaccinated because of the possibility of exposure to these diseases?

Case in point. Our daughter teaches kindergarten and has an 8-week-old son who won’t receive his MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination until he’s 1 year old.

Should her son and our grandson be exposed

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Feb.
9th

VACCINES: Nothing childish about ‘childhood illnesses’

Re: “Nearly one-fourth of Vashon kindergartners don’t get shots” (TNT, 2-7).

I wonder if Josh DeHaven and other anti-vaxxers of his generation were vaccinated by people of my generation, thus have no appreciation for what these illnesses are like.

I had all the common childhood illnesses except whooping cough in a single year (first grade). That’s measles, mumps, Rubella and chicken pox (had that one twice). I missed so much school I nearly had to repeat the grade.

Measles gave me fever, sore throat, runny nose and a burning, itchy rash. My eyes were light sensitive, so I sat in

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Feb.
6th

MEASLES: A terrible disconnect on choice

When Ebola hit our shores, the Republicans were frightful, horrified and did much to put us all on high alert.  The whole nation worried that the spread of this disease would be uncontrolled and thus wipe out our entire population.  It seems they didn’t trust our future in the hands of highly trained infectious disease doctors.

Why are they not horrified about this measles outbreak? Ebola never materialized to much of anything. We took corrective measures. Here we have the Republicans defending parents’ right to choose whether to vaccinate or not, but they vilify a woman’s right to choose.

It seems to me this is a terrible disconnect and

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June
6th

MEASLES: Immunization is the right thing to do

Re: “No good reason for measles comeback” (editorial, 6-4).

If you do not vaccinate your children against measles, you are a freeloader.

Consider if everyone were vaccinated except your child, the probability of your child getting the disease would be practically zero. So, if you do not vaccinate, you are riding on the backs of those who do.

The argument often used by those opposed to vaccinations is that vaccine causes the disease. There is a small truth to that assertion, just as there is some truth to the claim that a seat belt may, in rare cases, accentuate

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May
31st

MEASLES: Parents wrong to opt children out of vaccination

Re: “Measles outbreak shows threat of vaccine holdouts” (editorial, 5-31).

I contracted measles when I was 7 years old nearly 70 years ago. I was very sick for at least two weeks and in bed most of the time. A photograph was taken of me right after I had recovered somewhat; I looked like a person right out of a concentration camp, it was so bad.

I would not want to visit this disease on any child. So, when I hear about these parents opting out of getting their children vaccinated for various scurrilous reasons, I just shudder at their

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