We object to the implied correlation by the author of a Feb. 6 article (regarding the current measles outbreak) of “progressive” values at Lincoln Options Elementary School with being anti-vaccines. As politically-active, progressive Americans, we believe in fairness and equal opportunity. As proud Lincoln Options Elementary parents, we support our school’s belief that “learning should nurture a sense of caring for other people and the environment.”
By building what is known as “herd” or “community” immunity, mass vaccinations protect both vaccinated and unvaccinated children from the life-threatening measles virus that is one of the most contagious on our planet. As progressive parents we should – and we did – vaccinate our kids in order to create a fair and equal opportunity for the more vulnerable in our community: such as kids who can’t get vaccinated due to medical reasons or because they are too young to get the measles (MMR) vaccine, like our youngest child who is only 8 months old.
We absolutely recognize the potential risks for some vaccines, and the spotty history of certain vaccines in the United States’ history, but the 44-year-long scientific record for the MMR vaccine overwhelmingly supports its efficacy.
SARAH and SCOTT CLIFTHORNE
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