Joan (Amherst, NH)

As a healthcare worker struggling to care for patients during this global pandemic, I urge you to vote NO on HB 1210. I have personal experience with family members who suffered death and physical impairment as a result of not being vaccinated. Two of my father-in- law’s siblings died in childhood due to Diphtheria, prior to the advent of the vaccine to prevent this terrible disease. A sister-in-law suffered polio as a child and never walked again without a pronounced limp, and has been confined to a wheelchair in later life due to the ravages of this disease. Vaccines prevent diseases that we do not usually experience in the US, but as the measles outbreaks of the past few years have demonstrated, when sufficient numbers of the general population remain unvaccinated these infections return and result in localized epidemics causing significant mortality and morbidity.