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The grim reality of growing up unvaccinated
The grim reality of growing up unvaccinated

To the editor: I was born in 1946. There were smallpox and polio vaccines in the 1950s, but I can't remember any others. I lived in the English countryside, with fresh air and loving parents. ("As Disneyland measles outbreak spreads, O.C. bars students lacking proof of shots," Jan. 20) In the 1950s and early '60s, I had whooping cough, chickenpox, scarlet fever, mumps, German measles and regular measles. The little girl next door died of measles. I can remember whooping cough, struggling to breathe, waiting for the ambulance. Scarlet fever, chickenpox and measles — all miserable. Mumps — huge swollen glands, feeling so sick; the fear of sterility for...

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