Letter: From chiropractor, a dangerous message
Re “Vaccines raise many questions; parents shouldn’t be bullied” (Monitor Opinion page, Aug. 13):
Stephanie Foisy Mills claims she is in danger of losing her “freedom to make informed medical decisions” – namely her right to refuse vaccinations for her children – thereby knowingly and willfully risking their health and the health of others in our community.
The overwhelming weight of scientific evidence points to vaccines being both safe and effective for protecting the health of our children from diseases such as diphtheria, pertussis, measles, chicken pox, hepatitis – diseases that commonly sickened thousands and were often (and still are) lethal. These diseases are neither “mild” nor “harmless” – nor do they all confer “lifelong immunity.”
Mills tries to insinuate that the hepatitis B shot is not needed. She is wrong. It has reduced the incidence of hep B among children and adolescents by 89 percent. She claims that the HPV vaccine kills – she is wrong. Not a single death has been attributed to the vaccine. She suggests that we should “respect parents,” and she lists NVIC.org as a “great place to start educating yourself.” Yet the National Vaccine Information Center is a well-known anti-vaccine organization which is rife with inaccuracies and completely biased against vaccinations. A better place for vaccine information would be the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia or a genuine, qualified medical doctor – not a chiropractor or naturopath.
LINDA L. TOCK