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Vaccination saves lives

The bedrock of children's medical care is prevention, and chief among the advances in child health over the past century has been the careful development, testing and inception of immunizations against preventable childhood disease ("Vaccines: No immunity from ignorance," Feb. 3).

Child vaccines now spare the health and lives of children who were previously disabled or died from complications of such illnesses as diphtheria, polio, whooping cough and — yes — measles.

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We urge the public to consider the best science relating to all the measures that protect our kids. Let's give our children the best possible chance to live healthy lives.

Drs. Susan Chaitovitz and Daniel Levy

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The writers are, respectively, president and district vice chairman of the Maryland chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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