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Anti-vaccine parents put everyone at risk
Anti-vaccine parents put everyone at risk

To the editor: As a school nurse, I read this article on the high rates of vaccine exemptions for schoolchildren based on parents' personal beliefs with dismay but not surprise. ("Plunge in kindergartners' vaccination rate worries health officials," Sept. 2) Dawn Richardson of the National Vaccine Information Center, a group that advocates parent choice on vaccines, was quoted as saying, "No one group has the right to demand that another group take a risk to benefit them." Yet that's exactly what parents who refuse to immunize their children due to discredited theories are doing. They are putting pregnant women, vulnerable infants and immuno-compromised...

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