Re "Brown shouldn't gut Assemblyman Pan's vaccine law" (Editorials, Sept. 22): Oh, please. Mandatory vaccination wouldn't be such a farce if science understood exactly who was susceptible to having negative reactions. Health professionals providing information about the risks and benefits of vaccinations cannot assure "They're safe." The scientific fact is no one knows whom vaccines will harm -- until they are harmed.
Ask your doctor for a yes or no answer to this first person question: "Will I have a negative reaction to this vaccination?" With 100 percent confidence, that is a question a doctor cannot answer truthfully. A doctor gives medical advice; I don't have to accept it.
Despite knowing my family has negative reactions to vaccinations, every year I have to accept a $300 office fee, time off of work and two hours of my time I'll never get back -- to get a reluctant signature. The burden of proof is on the wrong party.
-- Michael McIntire, Sacramento