Letters to the Editor: I cared for polio patients in iron lungs, and I’m sick of anti-vaxxers – Los Angeles Times

A photo from the 1940s or ‘50s shows a ward at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in Downey filled with polio victims in iron lungs.(Rancho Los Amigos Hospital)

To the editor: Thanks to Dr. Nina Shapiro for her letter to the editor on the importance of vaccinating children.

If those who are so opposed to vaccines had to care for small children who were in an iron lung or dying of measles encephalitis, it might give them pause. I have cared for these children.

I’m an 83-year-old retired registered nurse who did a one-month rotation in polio respirator nursing. This was at a hospital endowed by actress Helen Hayes, whose daughter died of polio.

My patience with anti-vaccine folks has not just worn thin — it is worn out.

Audray Johnson, Riverside

Read more at: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2019-09-12/anti-vaccine-polio-iron-lung

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