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Letters: Should children be required to get flu vaccines?

Johnson City Press • Jan 12, 2020 at 6:00 AM

With Monday’s Question of the Week, we asked readers if children should be required to receive flu vaccines. Here are some responses we received.

Vaccines are effective

Should children be required to get flu vaccines? Yes!

We live in a period where more and more of us either question or usurp scientifically proven facts. This is done without one shred of scientific evidence.

Vaccines for flu viruses have been around a long time, and have been proven effective. Vaccines for other childhood contagious diseases have also proven effective.

LOUISE WOODHALL
Johnson City

Parents should choose

The answer is no, the flu vaccine should not be mandated!

According to the CDC, the vaccine is only effective 9% of the time. It also has the highest incidence of adverse reactions. Most of the cases of flu-related deaths had received a flu vaccine.

Where there is risk there must be choice! Vaccines are not the savior of mankind. They aren’t tested for safety, they are failing us and creating the sickest generation of children ever!

The press needs to be talking about how to naturally suppress the flu by not going into public when you’re ill, frequently washing your hands, getting good nutrition and keeping Vitamin D levels up. Don’t push an ineffective flawed vaccine on our community!

SONYA O’BRIEN
Johnson City

We also received these letters readers sent us about different issues.

An athlete and a scholar

Although I do not know Jaycie Jenkins or her family personally, I wanted to publicly commend her and her mom and dad for the accomplishments she has made at Daniel Boone High School.

I was familiar with her name from some of the Press sports articles at various times during the year, but thanks to Doug Fritz for the superb article in Sunday’s Jan. 5 edition summarizing what she has achieved in her career.

What a tremendous role model she is for our daughters, granddaughters and friends, particularly for maintaining a 4.0 average on top of all her athletic achievements.

DR. JACK WILLIAMS
Johnson City

Support local climate action

To greet the new year, this paper reported a resolve by two women mayors to get our cities to take action on the climate. Bristol’s Margaret Feierabend and Johnson City’s Jenny Brock concurred in the need to acknowledge that climate change is real, urgent, and must be dealt with.

The Union of Concerned Scientists judged the outcome of the world leaders’ climate negotiations in Madrid last month to exemplify a great “disconnect between what the science requires and … meaningful action.” We need to almost halve the carbon emissions this decade, scientists say, and get them practically to zero by 2050 to avoid a climate catastrophe.

Our local leaders should do better, aiming to address both the direct cause of the problem and its immediacy. In the latter category, they could look to U.S. cities which have passed climate-emergency resolutions already, thus to give to planning a greater urgency and effectiveness. To address the root cause of the problem, the energy transition to climate-benign, renewable sources should receive the strongest emphasis.

Curbside recycling, for which Johnson City is an acknowledged leader, is not enough to address this crisis; most of the rise in carbon emissions — with their disastrous effects in droughts, heat waves, floods, wildfires — having occurred since its initiation. While Congressman Roe often references the city’s forerunner role in this regard, he also advocates an “all-of-the-above” energy policy which explicitly includes all the fossil fuels, the cause of global warming.

Roe could become a real ally to the new planning effort were he to join such ongoing bipartisan measures, at the federal level, as a carbon-pricing bill (H.R. 763), or the Climate Solutions Caucus, in the House of Representatives.

I applaud the city leaders for initiating explicit and hopefully speedy planning toward rescuing the climate.

FRANCES LAMBERTS
Jonesborough

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