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US county bars unvaccinated children from public spaces amid measles emergency

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1481 (Published 28 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1481

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Re: US county bars unvaccinated children from public spaces amid measles emergency. Response to Dr Joel Harrison

I am immensely grateful to Dr Harrison for continuing to demonstrate his philosophy of treating fellow human beings.
He believes in compulsion, in bullying.
I believe in discussing, converting.

Here in the UK, we abolished compulsory vaccination against smallpox in 1948. Smallpox disappeared from the world in 1978, if my memory serves.

Of course Dr Harrison and others of his ilk cannot be and should not be forced to think like me, to talk like me.

My phraseology has been, I trust, courteous.

With belief in my fallibility, and in humility, I remain, Dr Harrison,

Sincerely yours
JK Anand

Competing interests: No competing interests

15 May 2019
JK Anand
Retired doctor
Free spirit
Peterborough, England