VACCINES SHOULD NOT BE OPTIONAL
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported nearly 10,000 flu- and pneumonia-related deaths during the last flu season. This was a spike of nearly 27 percent above the previous year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 80 percent of the children who died nationally were underimmunized or not immunized at all.
The flu season in Texas peaks from December through February. Those of us in the caring professions are getting ready for the onslaught. How many more deaths do we need in 2019?
We don’t need uniformed rhetoric aimed at swaying public opinion on the dangers of vaccines while the innocent get infected and needlessly die from preventable illnesses like the flu. The state needs to overturn the current opt-out stance for all vaccines, not just the flu vaccine, and legislate that all children must present documentation of current immunization status before attending school. – Lillee Gelinas, Southlake