Letter to the Editor: Discussion About Vaccines Isn’t A Simple One

Los Alamos
It would be nice if the discussion about vaccines was simple, but it is not.
Our son was vaccinated for pertussis as an infant and had a severe reaction that included inflammation of the brain. We found that there were problems with this circa-1986 whole-cell vaccine; and there were reports that some American doctors were using a Japanese acellular pertussis vaccine for their own children. We avoided this one vaccine for both our sons.
I have been assured by doctors that problems with the American pertussis vaccine have been solved. Nevertheless, my family’s experience with this older vaccine was chilling. Some parent’s reluctance to vaccinate their children may be based on similar experiences. 
A parent strives to protect one’s children and keep them from harm.