Dear Cousin Sara,
Chanukah is coming up soon and I have always looked forward to our family getting together to celebrate with yours. Growing up, seeing my cousins and extended family was always a treat. Today it’s a much bigger deal than it ever was. B’h both of our families are growing and have become spread out all over the place, and though it’s difficult for the kids to shlep in from Lakewood, Toms River, Far Rockaway, Monsey and Queens we really look forward to the everyone getting together each year.
As everyone now knows, there’s been an outbreak of measles and many are confused and scared with a lot of misinformation going around. While I insist that my kids and grandchildren get vaccinated, I do know that some in our community have steadfastly refused to vaccinate their kids despite public letters from dozens of respected doctors and pediatricians stating the serious mistake of such a reckless position.
Unfortunately I am told that you are in the minority group that doesn’t believe in vaccinations. While I don’t begin to understand your view, they are your kids and frankly speaking there’s not much I can do about it. However, as we decide whether to attend Bobbies annual chanukah party, I must know if you plan to attend with your kids? Some of those coming are B’h pregnant and are terrified to expose themselves to your unvaccinated children- a legitimate health risk. Others like Aunt Molley have a weakened immune systems and can’t take a chance of exposure. They are all simply unprepared to put themselves in harms way for jelly donuts and latkes. It is important for you to understand that your medical decisions while personal, effect many other people and with so much risk, we just can’t take a chance. So please let us know what you decide. Until you decide to vaccinate your children, it’s either you or us. It can’t be both. I’m really sorry but our health comes first.
I wait for your answer.
Your cousin Chani
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