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Are sick kids enough to persuade vaccine-skeptical parents?
Are sick kids enough to persuade vaccine-skeptical parents?

To the editor: Any parents not vaccinating their children should be forced to watch a video of an infant with pertussis struggling to breathe and cough. There are several on the Internet, and they are heartbreaking. ("Parents who oppose measles vaccine hold firm to their beliefs," Jan. 25) A parent whose older healthy child may not have a bad case of pertussis could pass on the disease before symptoms appear. This could cause suffering and even death for another child, especially an infant. Videos of children suffering from measles meningitis or dealing with the aftereffects may not be as powerful, so a parent with little empathy may not be as impressed. And reading about these...

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