Letter to the Editor: Mandatory vaccinations

When parents choose not to vaccinate their children, they are putting them at risk. I know they feel they are doing the right thing, but if that was the case then why did their parents get them vaccinated?

I’m not saying that all vaccinations are 100 percent perfect; however, I would rather have the assistance of a vaccination help to fight off diseases than be gambling with my life. Let’s look at the Pacific Northwest with a measles outbreak.

There has been 69 cases of the measles with most of them being children under 10 years old who were not vaccinated. Why would parents put their children at risk?

Washington and Oregon are reconsidering the opt-out option on vaccines at this time. Yes, this is America and we have a lot freedoms but never should these freedoms put our children or anyone at risk.

As a nation, we need to come together and help stop the spread of disease. The mandatory use of vaccinations needs to be enforced and ensure that everyone is safe from illness.

Jacoby Sheaffer

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