Vaccines work–which is why kids should be vaccinated

August 4, 2021

Editor:

Regarding the Aug. 1 Letter to the Editor in which the writer claimed children under 18 don’t need to be vccinated, to reach his calculated number of .318% dying, it appears he is using the entire poulation of Mohave County as his basis rather than the reported number who have had COVID.

Using that, the percentage jumps tenfold to just over 3%.

According to Harvard Medical School, as of July 20, at least 491 children 17 and under have died from COVID in the U.S.

Granted, that’s not a large number given the total population, but if it were your child or grandchild who had died, you might be singing a different tune, especially if it can be prevented.

Just because no child in Mohave County has died from COVID doesn’t make it okay for children to contract it.

What about the long term health effects for those kids who have had COVID, especially for children with underlying health issues?

Believe it or not, children can-and do-have underlying health conditions.

A study at Mayo Clinic is following children with those long term effects of having had COVID; these include chronic fatigue, headaches and difficulty concentrating, as well as continued loss of smell and/or taste. In addition, the virus can be passed by children to vulnerable members of the community.

As this virus mutates into stronger versions of itself, cases and deaths will most likely continue to rise. How do we stop the mutation?

By stopping the virus from spreading.

How do we stop the virus from spreading?

By as many people as possible being vaccinated-including children.

Measles cases went from more than 500,000 cases per year in the 1950s and early 1960s to practically zero as children were imunized.

Some say measles was just a common childhood disease that nearly everyone got.

But there were serious complications for many children.

Some suffered encephalitis, many were left with hearing impairment, and many even died.

Measles outbreaks since the vaccine was developed happened when parents didn’t vaccinate their children because of advice from misguided, ill-informed celebrity “experts”.

The U.S. has been polio-free, since 1979.

How was polio eradicated?

Certainly not be half the population refusing vaccinations.

Vaccines work.

It’ll be good when the green light is given for children aged 12 and under to be vaccinated.

Ruby Miller, Bullhead City

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