• Welfare queens and vaccinations
    December 11,2012
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    The stereotypical welfare queen was described by Ronald Reagan as a woman from Chicago’s South Side driving a Cadillac. I describe the stereotypical welfare queen of today as a woman with unimmunized children.

    In both instances, they are “gaming” the system. In the first instance they are exploiting fellow citizens for a free, luxurious ride. In the second instance they are exploiting fellow citizens for a free, healthy ride. And I am by no means letting the dads off the hook.

    There is risk in everything we do. There is risk in strapping your child safely in a car seat; there is risk in letting a child ride a bicycle; there is risk in letting your child eat anything from the supermarket. The risks may be low, but they are there, as they are there with immunizations.

    The only reason there is a low risk of not having an unimmunized child get an awful, morbid disease is because I (we) took the low risk of getting our children vaccinated. We protected your unimmunized child.

    VINCENT JAY MERLUZZI

    Sudbury
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