Regarding “Bill to limit vaccination exemptions advances” (Page 1, June 21): I am alarmed by the loud chorus of anti-science opponents to vaccination and the vitriol aimed at state Sen. Richard Pan for SB276. It is an unfortunate side effect of effective public health measures such as widespread immunization that prevents historically devastating illnesses, such as measles, influenza and polio, that people do not see the very real consequences of those illnesses. The supposed link between autism and modern vaccinations has been disproved. On the other hand, the actual consequences of young children dying from measles, which is highly contagious, are very real. I want to thank Pan for his brave stance defending the proven benefits of community immunity and urge our legislators and governor to pass SB276.
Tova Wolking, Oakland