I fear that your Nov. 30 editorial reprinted from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, will foster complacency regarding vaccinations. While a vaccination rate of 95 percent might result in herd immunity, we are well below that threshold for diseases like measles, according to the World Health Organization.
Coverage for measles, for examples, which requires two doses, stands at less than 70 percent. In 2017, the WHO estimates 110,000 deaths worldwide due to measles. From my perspective, that is a number we should be worried about.
Your editorial minimizes a serious problem that all parents should take seriously. A measles outbreak four years ago in California resulted in more than 125 measles cases, nearly 20 hospitalizations, and one death — the first measles death in the U.S. since 2003. The cause of this outbreak was due to unvaccinated children.
Gregg Chadwick, Bloomington