Vaccinations Become Political Issue

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As most doctors try to convince parents to get their children vaccinated the recent measles outbreak has also become a potent political issue in Washington.

Shots may be a painful fact of life for most kids, and for those who either currently occupy the highest office in the land or simply aspire to get there, there has been a rush for political inoculations.

President Obama told NBC news he supports the measles vaccine.

That’s in the wake of the measles outbreak that was traced to California’s Disneyland.

The crowded crop of GOP contenders for 2016 is also weighing in.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who is also a physician, stuck to his libertarian guns, saying the vaccine works, but parents should decide.

That was more or less what New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said, as well.

“I also understand parents need to have some measure of choice in things as well. So that’s the battle that the government has to decide,” said Christie.

But after that touched off some criticism, Christie’s staff would later say that he thinks kids should be vaccinated.

Among democrats, Hillary Clinton offered this on twitter: “The science is clear: the earth is round, the sky is blue, and #vaccineswork.”

But whether the hand of government should force parents to vaccinate their kids is another question.

Even some doctors are at odds on that point.

“This vaccine is 99 percent effective and measles is incredibly contagious, the most contagious virus known to man. It can cause side effects. So, what do we have to do? We have to vaccinate. Should it be mandatory? No,” said Dr. Mark Siegel, FOX News Medical A-Team.

As recently as 2008, then Senator Obama, while he was running for president, has said that has far as the link between autism and vaccines went, the science is inconclusive.
 

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