Herd im­mu­nity

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Not tak­ing shots at an­ti­vax­ers,” Let­ters, June 7

Since herd im­mu­nity doesn’t re­quire a 100% vac­ci­na­tion rate, a good com­pro­mise for Cal­i­for­nia is to let the un­vac­ci­nated en­roll in schools with greater than a 95% vac­ci­na­tion rate (if en­rolling the kid won’t push the rate be­low the thresh­old). The un­vac­ci­nated would have less school choice and may have to move, but they would not be forced into home-school­ing.

Forc­ing a med­i­cal treat­ment — even a safe one — is a big in­tru­sion. It is jus­ti­fied to save a kid from ma­jor risk or to pre­vent him from en­dan­ger­ing oth­ers; other than that, give par­ents their au­ton­omy.

Ilya Shlyakhter

Cam­bridge, Mass.

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