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.”
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