Atlantic Beach, N.C.
June 3, 2021
TO THE EDITOR:
Vaccines are one of the greatest human achievements of all time. Smallpox killed millions before being eradicated by vaccines. Polio paralyzed too many children and is now almost eradicated. Tetanus, a fatal disease, is preventable with vaccination. Rabies was also fatal before vaccinations.
The speed with which a safe and effective Covid vaccine was developed is miraculous. Infections with the Sars-Cov-19 virus can kill even young adults and children and can lead to long-term disabilities. These are preventable with vaccination.
It is disappointing to see that Carteret County is lagging way behind the rest of the nation in the percentage of vaccinated people. As an emergency physician who sees the ravages of this vicious virus, I would urge everyone to take advantage of this medical miracle.