The author of the Dec. 11 editorial about vaccination apparently didn’t do his or her homework.

Here’s an easily verifiable example:

In April 2010, Windham Primary School had an outbreak of chicken pox. The principal sent home all unvaccinated children. Over the next five weeks, the school had several more outbreaks among the vaccinated group. The unvaccinated group could not have contributed to the subsequent outbreaks.

If vaccines are effective, then why did the vaccinated children get chicken pox?

Humans cannot wipe bacteria and viruses off the earth, and it’s arrogant to think that we are smarter than a virus at survival. All diseases go through cycles whether we vaccinate or not.

I believe that all interventions involving health should be exercised on a case-by-case basis, and that nothing involving the health care of a child should be mandated.

No one’s body is exactly the same, therefore what works for one person might harm another. I do not want to be forced to do something to my child that potentially could be harmful just because my neighbor is doing it.

Personally, I like to fight colds and flu with vitamin D3. This is a health tip and has a high success rate. But I do not believe that others should be forced to use the same protocol that I use.

Our government should not be involved in the health care business nor in trying to parent our children.

Parents must be free to make health decisions according to the unique characteristics of each child.

Joanne Chancey

Farmington

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