Danielle Wilson’s column “Have kids? Get them immunized!” (July 3) was written by someone who is ill-informed in so many areas and has used her open forum to bully parents calling them idiots and stupid.
The old argument that if my child is not vaccinated yours is at risk is ridiculous, otherwise why would we vaccinate? Are we to assume the vaccines do not work? If not, why are we willing to inject toxins into small babies and children – for what reason? Can’t have it both ways.
I can go into much more about vaccines, but instead I want to focus on the real problem here. Parents are not necessarily “taking advantage” of public education – all of us are paying for it, paying for Danielle’s salary along with every other school worker. We are paying even though we might make a better choice for our children. School workers are our employees – you are not doing us a favor. Actually we are doing you a favor by giving you a job. How dare you think differently?
You are also not in charge of my children’s or grandchildren’s health. Parents are in charge of their children’s health, and I will fight tooth and nail to keep it that way, to use Danielle’s words. Every parent should pay special attention to this bullying and stand strong for their children.
Parenting is not for cowards, so stand up for your children and don’t let this kind of bullying, either from schools or doctors who have a financial horse in the race, force you to make decisions that you do not feel comfortable making. The great state of Indiana makes provisions for those who do not want to vaccinate their children, so remember, parents, when the schools tell you that your children can’t attend unless they are vaccinated, they are not being truthful. You are free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Dr. Carol Rossetti