Letters to the Editor

Harris letter: Immunizations

The Aug. 30 news item, page 3A, “Pediatricians pushing back on vaccine need,” reports that the American Academy of Pediatrics said “if parents continue to refuse vaccinations despite exhaustive efforts to change their minds, it would be acceptable for doctors to exclude these families from their practice.”

Surely, this is no surprise to anyone who read Dr. Robert Mendelsohn’s syndicated column, which used to be in the Idaho Statesman.

In addition, Dr. Mendelsohn’s book “How to Raise a Healthy Child In Spite of Your Doctor” has a chapter about vaccinations titled “Immunization Against Disease: A Medical Time Bomb?” It states that “(B)ecause immunizations that bring patients back for repeated office calls are the bread and butter of their specialty, pediatricians continue to defend them to the death.”

And — in italics — Dr. Mendelsohn says, “The question parents should be asking is: Whose death?”

Violet Harris, Nampa