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240 April 25, 2001
UNPROTECTED PEOPLE: Stories of
people who have suffered or died from vaccine-preventable diseases
HIB MENINGITIS STRIKES UNVACCINATED INFANT
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The article "Vaccine's Safety, Morality Hit Home for Girl's
Parents" by Bill Snyder appeared in the September 17, 2000, edition of THE TENNESSEAN.
It tells the story of Suzanne and Leonard Walther of Murfreesboro, Tenn., who
had such serious concerns about the safety and morality of vaccination that they put off immunizing their infant daughter until they had
answers to their questions. In the meantime, unfortunately,their daughter contracted
Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), a vaccine-preventable disease.
Their daughter recovered, but the Walthers' experience led them to search further for answers to their questions. In
the end they concluded that the benefits of vaccination far outweighed the risks. Suzanne Walther said, "I
don't want my child to be the one in 3 million" children who suffers a potentially fatal reaction to a vaccine, "but I also don't
want mine to be the one in 10 that dies if they get the disease."
To read the full story on the website of THE TENNESSEAN, go to: http://www.tennessean.com/sii/00/09/17/vaccine17.shtml
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if you have personal stories, or if you know of stories that have appeared in the media, that describe the
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morbidity and mortality caused by vaccine-preventable diseases.
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