letter to the editor: Trudy Miller

On March 3 you should vote no 1

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 11:30am

What’s Big PHARMA Got To Do With It?

One cannot help but notice signs saying “Yes on 1 Reject Big PHARMA” which have been popping up like measles. You might think that the ballot question has something to do with reining in pharmaceutical companies and their immoral pricing policies.

However you would be wrong. Question 1 is not about pharmaceutical companies, for whom vaccines are a small part of their business. It is a vote to put our children and others at risk from easily prevented communicable diseases.  It is a vote to reject science and the security that vaccination-created herd immunity has brought us.

In contrast, voting NO ON 1 will insure that people at medical risk from vaccinations can be exempted from having them, but other people in public settings such as schools will be vaccinated for their own safety and that of others. This common sense strategy maximizes public health and safety both individually and collectively.

Do not be mislead by the signs. If you vote Yes on 1 what you will actually be rejecting is public safety.

On March 3 you should VOTE NO ON 1 to reject polio, measles, chickenpox, whooping cough, tetanus, diphtheria and more.

Trudy Miller lives in Northport