Robin Stavola is a mother who tragically lost her young daughter, Holly, to the second MMR vaccine dose, which was a requirement for Holly to attend kindergarten in New Jersey.After Holly suffered a severe reaction to the vaccine, leaving her convulsing, brain damaged and on life support, her family was told by the doctors that Holly would remain in a vegetative state and would not recover.They also need to understand why this information matters — because pockets of unvaccinated children greatly increase the risk of a deadly outbreak.Individual parents can — and do — make their own choices about whether to protect their children with vaccines, but when it comes to public policy we have a right to insist that our laws are based on sound science and established facts, not social media conspiracies.Lamm’s column calls for a 95 percent target for herd immunity; what is the basis for that? Do the 4 percent to 5 percent of people who use vaccine exemptions stand in the way of an artificial 95 percent herd standard? Our voices are heard by thoughtful lawmakers who support these freedoms.Yes, there are vocal people promoting medical freedom, which is supported by the Nuremberg Code, the U. Francis Sincere, I want to thank Dottie Lamm for her column on the importance of childhood immunization rates.
Because of my early fascination with newspapers, he’d let me hang out on Wednesdays to watch the presses roll.
With guidance from a new doctor, I stopped all immunizations except for polio, knowing that the diseases my son would face were unlikely to kill or irreparably harm him and that if he contracted any of them, I would be able to care for him to ensure his recovery.
I was simply unwilling to risk losing or injuring my son to these imperfect shots.
The term “anti-vaccine parents” is discriminatory and hurtful.
This labeling encourages disrespect toward citizens who exercise their rights and question the one-size-fits-all policy that every child should be vaccinated with 69-70 doses regardless of their religious, personal, family history or biochemical makeup.