Sincere condolences

To the Editor:

I offer my sincere condolences to the Matten family of Barton. Being the mother of a 10-year-old, it was especially difficult reading about the death of their 7-year-old child after something as seemingly benign as receiving a flu shot.

It is THIS particular risk, no matter how small, that is present in every immunization/vaccine. The risk of illness and death from a vaccine is real. There are currently bills in the legislature which propose to take the option of not getting a child immunized away from the parent. Please contact your legislators and ask them to keep the philosophical exemption in our immunization law.

Jill Mathers

Newark, Vt.

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