I respect the Coastline Pilot's attempt to provide a public service announcement in regards to health ("Schools require pertussis vaccine," May 20).
However, I regret that the article was incomplete and extremely misleading. The article stated that "students in grades 7-12 will need to show proof of immunization against whooping cough or pertussis." The article continues on about Assembly Bill 354 that makes it sounds as if it is a law that all children must be vaccinated.
Furthermore it states, "They cannot start school without proof of vaccination." This is entirely incorrect and patently false.
I really do not fault your staff for rubber-stamping this information from the state Health Department, because most people believe it when someone says, "We are from the government, and we are here to help."