Star-Telegram - - Opinion -

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

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