Re: "'Anti-vaxxers' care deeply about health" (letter, 2-16).
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" (George Santayana).
I am bemused by the writer's notion of "natural immunity." Check with with the Aztecs, the Mayans or even right here in Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula, at Neah Bay. The Makah tribe was nearly wiped out when the Spanish arrived with smallpox; the mass grave in the middle of town bears witness to the effectiveness of "natural immunity."
On his medical mission trips, when my husband encounters a child with congestive heart failure, his question to the mother is, "When did he have his sore throat?"
Strep throat here is no big deal. There, the child will die within the year. He saw a child in the end stages of tetanus. She was rigid as a board but conscious. There is no cure at that stage, other than death.
Yes, there are side effects to inoculations and medications. They are called health and life.