In response to the letter “Why ask?” published Aug. 19

In response to my guest column “The Polio Vaccine,” Margeaux Albrecht wrote a letter to the editor wanting to know why I asked a waiter whether he had been vaccinated. She found it “incredibly creepy.” The “why” is easy to answer. I have close friends and relatives who suffer from a suppressed immune system, and before I invite them to a restaurant, I want to make sure I am not exposing them to an unsafe environment. As for “incredibly creepy,” having served in public life, I have been called far worse.

Burt Ross

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