It is a sad day indeed when newspapers publish diatribes against vaccines when our nation is facing a measles and pertussis epidemic simultaneously ("Mailbag: Parent disputes vaccination advice," May 27). As an emergency physician, trained in internal and emergency medicine, I have traveled to many parts of the world and worked in remote areas of the Dominican Republic and Peru.
I have seen firsthand the devastating consequences of preventable diseases like polio, measles, whooping cough, tetanus and rabies. Even at Los Angeles County Hospital, I saw Nicaraguan immigrants with post-polio complications due to their country's civil war and lack of vaccines in the '80s; I have also seen tetanus in other unvaccinated immigrants.
There were so many inaccuracies in Robert Lyne Potter's letter that I cannot possibly address them all, but I feel it necessary to correct a few. First and foremost, the British physician who published the original — and only — medical article supporting a link between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and autism was found to have fabricated his results.