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View: Vaccines keep all our kids safe

Re “Some chiropractors turn their backs on vaccines,” Feb. 18 article:

As a responsible citizen and pediatrician, I cannot let your headline about chiropractors and vaccination go unnoticed and unanswered.

Yes, many chiropractors avoid vaccination. As a matter of fact, I have taken care of dozens of their children, and to no one’s surprise, many of them developed pertussis (whooping cough), with severe coughing which lasts from 10 to 26 weeks. No, none of the patients in our office who were vaccinated caught it from them – fortunately.

Vaccinations are not a joke, or a manipulation by doctors, pharmaceutical companies or the government. They are the greatest medical miracle in history. Ask your grandparents what it was like to live in an era of paralytic polio or rampant bacterial meningitis. The unvaccinated chiropractor lives in a community where everyone else’s vaccine protects him, allowing him to snidely think he knows the answers to infectious disease.

Please don’t spread the wrong message. Our children’s lives are at stake. Pay attention to our brilliant scientists. Get your children vaccinated.

The writer is a board-certified pediatrician practicing at North Rockland Pediatrics.