Dear Utah Legislator,
I am concerned about the battle going on in our nation regarding vaccinations. My purpose in writing this letter is to encourage you to do some open-minded research on the risk v. effectiveness of being vaccinated.
Parents who opt out of vaccinations often do so because they have a child who has reacted badly to a vaccine, or they know someone who has. Personally, I have a friend whose previously healthy baby died following a vaccination. Another friend has a son who had a bad reaction to a vaccine which left him mentally and cognitively impaired. He is now an adult, and he has never recovered.
With information such as the following, we cannot say with 100% surety that forcing vaccinations on the general public is a wise course of action:
"The United States requires infants to receive 26 vaccines (the most in the world) yet more than 6 U.S. infants die per every 1,000 live births. In contrast, Sweden and Japan administer 12 vaccines to infants, the least amount, and report less than 3 deaths per 1,000 live births.
I could include hundreds of pages of information on the risks of vaccinating, but my hope is to help you realize that no matter what you know or do not know about vaccines, it is not sufficient to justify forcing others to vaccinate against their will.
During the next session, when the subject of vaccines surfaces, I hope you will refrain from placing further restrictions on parents' rights to raise their children according to their own best judgment.
Thank you for taking the time to read this email.