Which Politicians Won’t Vaccinate Their Children?

Young boy receiving a vaccine shot. (Image: Public Domain)
Young boy receiving a vaccine shot. (Image: Public Domain)

US Representative Barry Loudermilk has said he thinks it should be up to parents whether or not they should get their children vaccinated against diseases like measles and mumps.

He also admitted that he and his wife did not get all the vaccinations for most of their children.

“I believe it’s the parents’ decision whether to immunize or not,” Loudermilk said, according to a video of the event you can view below. “And so I’m looking at our wife—most of our children, we didn’t immunize. They’re healthy. Of course, home schooling, we didn’t have to get the mandatory immunization.”

Video with Rep. Loudermilk on vaccines:

Loudermilk, chairman of a science subcommittee, was answering a question that implied that there was a link to autism and vaccines. Debate over vaccines has arisen again with the worst measles outbreak since it was all but eradicated in 2000. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the majority of the people who developed measles from this outbreak were unvaccinated.

There are no laws requiring parents to get their children vaccinated, but there is a requirement in all 50 states that all students must have their shots before attending public schools, although there is an exception for religious or “philosophical” reasons.

“My family’s choices surrounding health care have been misinterpreted as a statement against immunization,” Loudermilk said in a statement provided by his office. “I believe it is a parent’s right and responsibility to make all health care choices affecting their family. The advancements of health care science throughout our history have saved countless lives around the world, and as a member of Congress, I fully support our scientific community.”

Dr. Mark Geier discusses flu vaccines:

Here is where other Politicians stand on vaccinations;

U.S. President Barack Obama Image: public domain

U.S. President Barack Obama. (Image: Creative Commons)

“The science is, you know, pretty indisputable,” President Barack Obama said in an interview with NBC on Feb. 1. “We’ve looked at this again and again. There is every reason to get vaccinated, but there aren’t reasons to not.”

Governor Chris Christie  Image: public domain

Governor Chris Christie. (Image: Creative Commons)

“Mary Pat and I have had our children vaccinated and we think that it’s an important part of being sure we protect their health and the public health,” Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) said during a visit to the United Kingdom on Feb. 2. “I also understand that parents need to have some measure of choice in things as well, so that’s the balance that the government has to decide.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Image: public domain

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. (Image: Creative Commons)

“The science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue, and #vaccineswork. Let’s protect all our kids. #GrandmothersKnowBest,” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tweeted on Feb. 2.

U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi Image: CC

U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi. (Image: Creative Commons)

“It is a public health issue. And the fact is is that children should be vaccinated,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at the Brookings Institute on Feb. 3.

US. Rep. John Boehner Image: CC

US. Rep. John Boehner. (Image: Creative Commons)

“I don’t know that we need another law, but I do believe that all children ought to be vaccinated,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told reporters at an RNC press conference on Feb. 3.

Vice President Joe Biden Image: CC

Vice President Joe Biden. (Image: Creative Commons)

“Vaccines help keep children healthy, prevent costly stays in hospitals, and fight diseases that can lead to serious illness or death,” Vice President Joe Biden said in a 2009 press release announcing funding to help vaccinate underserved Americans.

Hon. John McCain Image: public domain

Hon. John McCain. (Image: public domain)

“It’s indisputable that (autism) is on the rise among children; the question is what’s causing it. And we go back and forth, and there’s strong evidence that indicates it’s got to do with a preservative in vaccines,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said during the 2008 presidential campaign.

US. Rep. Sean Duffy Image: CC

US. Rep. Sean Duffy. (Image: Creative Commons)

“I know my kids best; I know what morals and values are right for my children. I think we should not have an oppressive state telling us what to do,” Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) said on MSNBC on Feb. 3.

The vaccination issue is extremely contentious and polarizing, and there is misinformation spread on both sides of the issue, but to say there aren’t any reasons not to vaccinate is extraordinarily misleading. There are hundreds of MDs, Ph.D.s, and even Nobel laureates who have spoken out about the risks of vaccination. Here’s the other side of the vaccine story that the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry does not want told.

I guess this will be a never-ending debate, but people need to hear both sides of the story from legitimate independent scientific studies so they can make their own informed decisions. The fact that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has paid out millions of dollars in compensation for vaccinate-injured children with autism, in spite of publicly stating there is no direct link, should be properly addressed.

 

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