Letter: We are sheltered from pandemics

First Published      Last Updated May 19 2017 06:12 am

The recent measles outbreak in Minnesota should be a wake-up call about the significant threat of refusing to vaccinate our children. There is overwhelming evidence that vaccines have literally saved hundreds of thousands of lives, and virtually no scientific evidence that vaccines cause autism.

The problem is that most of us alive in America today never experienced pandemics such as small pox, tuberculosis or polio, so we have no memory of the magnitude of the loss of life and the resulting panic.

Since the benefits of vaccinations are not part of our experience, it is easy to reject facts about them. How many deaths will it take until we decide to vaccinate our children?

Susan Burwen