Re: "Nearly one-fourth of Vashon kindergartners don't get shots" (TNT, 2-7).
I wonder if Josh DeHaven and other anti-vaxxers of his generation were vaccinated by people of my generation, thus have no appreciation for what these illnesses are like.
I had all the common childhood illnesses except whooping cough in a single year (first grade). That's measles, mumps, Rubella and chicken pox (had that one twice). I missed so much school I nearly had to repeat the grade.
Measles gave me fever, sore throat, runny nose and a burning, itchy rash. My eyes were light sensitive, so I sat in near darkness for two weeks. I slept much of the time to escape the boredom and the discomfort. Don't even get me started on chicken pox. That accounted for three uncomfortable weeks out of school.
Mumps was a picnic compared to the others, but it might have been a different story had I been a boy. Rubella wasn't too bad, but I don't think my mother let me within a country mile of any pregnant women.
The worst year of the polio epidemic, my mother quietly kept me close to home and out of crowds.
Being sick is a miserable waste of time. I couldn't wait to vaccinate my kids!