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Backlash against vaccine-skeptical parents and doctors
Backlash against vaccine-skeptical parents and doctors

Articles on the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases and declining immunization rates tend to draw passionate responses both from people dismayed that generations of progress fighting deadly infections may be reversed and parents reluctant to inoculate their children. This week was different. Two articles — one on Dr. Bob Sears, an Orange County pediatrician who caters to vaccine-wary parents, and an editorial encouraging parents to immunize their kids — drew nearly three dozen letters, nearly all of them from readers worried that pockets of wealthy, relatively well-educated parents may be putting so-called herd immunity at risk. Among Sears' harshest critics were his...

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