This letter to the editor is in regard to Iowa House File 7, the bill that would broaden vaccination exemptions in Iowa.
This is not a personal freedom issue; this is a public health crisis. Just as we no longer allow our streets to serve as open sewers, nor our emergency waiting rooms to be cigar lounges, we should not open the door to vaccination exemptions that will only lead to the resurgence of easily preventable diseases.
A population of vaccinated, healthy adults provides community immunity, keeping the most vulnerable members of our society - infants, cancer patients, and transplant recipients from catching potentially fatal infections.
In attempting to advance the noble cause of personal freedom, this bill’s authors seem to have missed the point that your personal freedom stops at my or my child’s body.
It is ironic that the only reason that this bill is even under consideration is that vaccines have been tremendously effective at pushing the horrific epidemics of the past into fading memory. Listen to the pediatricians. Vaccination is both the moral and the rational choice.
Neil Aschliman, Ph.D.