I read with shock Anita Y. Woudenberg’s [March 5 Forefront] column on vaccinations and find it irresponsible for the IBJ to print something so misleading, factually weak and potentially dangerous. I am the mother of a 7-month-old and I constantly hear people throw around talk as if there were scientific evidence to support reconsidering vaccinating children. There isn’t. Woudenberg’s assertion that the risk of allergic reaction from a vaccination is greater than the risk of illness without vaccination is preposterous, and she reveals how absurd it is by citing not a single bit of evidence.
I’m not a doctor, but a conversation with my own doctor and a couple of reliable medical websites tell me that while on rare occasions a person with severe allergies may need to meet with an allergist before a particular vaccination, Woudenberg’s generalizations about the dangers of vaccines perpetuate the misguided fear that vaccines do more harm than good. Vaccinations save millions upon millions of lives—that’s a fact, not an opinion.