Warning Shot

Texas parents have the choice to opt their children out of school vaccination requirements based on “reasons of conscience.” But what about the other kids around them?

Given the alarming number of pediatric fatalities from the swine flu—86 children died in the United States of the virus from April to October—I decided to bring my two-year-old in to the pediatrician’s office to get vaccinated. The shots were only being offered during limited hours, so I braced myself for a long wait, but the doctor’s office turned out to be empty. Had most parents already brought their children in for the

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