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Parents Need to Set the Example

Editor, News-Register:

Sometime before 1933, my mother developed a spot on her arm and had a fever. She got better and then her mother got very sick. Grandpa called the doctor. When the doctor arrived and examined her he determined that she had small pox and it was necessary to vaccinate the entire family for smallpox. He also told my grandfather that he could not go to the barn and milk his cows. He had to call neighbors to come do the chores. When the doctor returned to check on Mary, Martha and Clement and her Dad, Fred, he could not figure out why Mary did not have a mark on her arm like the others. He probably put two and two together and realized she already had had the deadly disease.

Grandmother was extremely ill. She was one of the ones who survived. Mary told how the pox were all over her body and the worst ones were on the soles of her feet where the skin was very thick. I thank God for the scientists who developed the vaccine that has eradicated this terrible disease from this world.

What bothers me is that so many young parents are not vaccinating their children. According to West Virginia law, a child entering school or a state-regulated child care center in this state must be immunized against chickenpox, hepatitis-b, measles, meningitis, mumps, diphtheria, polio, rubella, tetanus and whooping cough. Is this why so many are home schooling their children?

That brings us to the question of vaccination against COVID. I cannot understand how someone would not want to protect themselves and the members of their families. It amazes me that people in the medical field are reluctant to be vaccinated. The next group would be those who work in schools especially with children under the age of 12. Lastly, what are parents thinking when they don’t want their kids to wear masks? As a former teacher and elementary school counselor, I had respiratory infections often. I think that the flu was at an all-time low last year due to the fact that people wore masks, watched the distance of contact with others and washed their hands much more often.

The kids would not be upset about wearing masks if their parents would stop complaining and just do it for the sake of their family, friends, and community.

Margaret Meeker

Williamstown, W.Va.

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