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Letter: Vaccines make good sense

As Crossroads Chiropractic says in its advertisements, we should give credit where credit is due. The credit is due to the vast majority of people who have been vaccinated by their consenting, informed parents. It is only by our communal and committed action that we will achieve a level of vaccination to protect us all.

The vast majority of people who are vaccinated experience no side effects, and for those that do these are mostly superficial and transient. Crossroads and the National Vaccine Information Center promote a fear of vaccination built around misinformation, be it toxins or other issues. Being informed by the wrong information that Crossroads promotes does not put you in the position to make an informed choice.

The Free Stater, “Live Free or Die,” “I am empowered to question authority” attitude that is promoted puts people at risk for some terrible diseases. At some point you need to trust your physicians because they know about things that you don’t and have the knowledge to make the right recommendations.

Physicians know when it is appropriate for a very limited number of children to not receive a vaccination. Parents who deny medical treatments like newborn Vitamin K and proven vaccinations put their children’s welfare at risk. The ultimate decision to vaccinate or not lies with the parent. It is worth remembering that vaccination laws in all jurisdictions of the United States are in place to protect children from parents who make uninformed or bad decisions. Vaccination, clean water and sanitary sewage have provided you vast benefits. The Stone Age, it wasn’t so great.

TOM RICHARD

Concord

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