Getting vaccinated should be a responsibility, not a choice

Posted 15 September 2021 at 9:34 pm


In the Sept. 15, 2021 Washington Post, columnist David Von Drehle talked about how heroes like Jonas Salk, Sabin, Hilleman, Ruth Bishop and others changed our lives for the better by their invention of vaccines to eliminate encephalitis, Asian flu, measles, rubella, mumps, scarlet fever, polio, rotavirus and others.

How many of us would have died in our infancy if not for our state and federal governments declaring that the vaccinations were essential for our survival?

Von Drehle asked how many of us were born deaf and blind because of rubella, scarred by smallpox, paralyzed by polio or died at an early age because of tuberculosis. Probably very few of us, because we live in the age of vaccines.

I think he is correct in saying that vaccination today is not a choice, it is a responsibility.

Jack Capurso

Albion High School 1960 graduate

Ashburn, Va.