Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Allow vaccination choice

Here we go again. Sixty-five people contract measles and the sky is falling.

Propaganda blames unvaccinated individuals and calls on them to be vaccinated.

As a child of the 1950s, our neighborhood had a group of fifteen kids within three years of each other. When someone got measles, the parents threw a party and we all got it. We were under the weather for a while but we all survived and I still have that natural immunization.

These days, the simplest infection is treated as a life-threatening epidemic. It should give us pause that 27 vaccinations are recommended by age 2.

There can be complications from measles. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, conceived by Congress in 1988, pays for injuries from vaccination. It made its first payments in 1989, paying “petitioners awards” through 2015 totaling $2.9 billion. The three highest claims were for diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis (3,286 injuries, 696 deaths); influenza (1,662 injuries, 82 deaths); and, measles/mumps/rubella (889 injuries, 57 deaths). According to the above data, vaccination is not risk free.

You can die or be permanently injured from a measles vaccine. I personally know of three people who died and one that has life-long immunity issues from vaccinations.

To suggest that all anti-vaccination parents are misguided by discredited research linking vaccination to autism is absurd.

Parents have a responsibility to examine the facts for any vaccination for themselves or their children.

Those who oppose vaccination should have the right to refuse them. Legislating forced vaccination should concern us all.

John Corneal

State College