In the wake of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s anti-vaccination statements, two more Republican presidential hopefuls have come out against the mandatory vaccination of school-age children.
Earlier today, Buzzfeed News released excerpts from an interview McKay Coppins did with potential Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina in which she espoused anti-vaccination beliefs.
The former chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard told Buzzfeed News that “I think there’s a big difference between — just in terms of the mountains of evidence we have — a vaccination for measles and a vaccination when a girl is 10 or 11 or 12 for cervical cancer just in case she’s sexually active at 11. So, I think it’s hard to make a blanket statement about it. I certainly can understand a mother’s concerns about vaccinating a 10-year-old”
“I think vaccinating for measles makes a lot of sense,” she added. “But that’s me. I do think parents have to make those choices. I mean, I got measles as a kid. We used to all get measles. I got chicken pox, I got measles, I got mumps.”
In the end, she said, “I think parents have to make choices for their family and their children.”
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul made a similar argument on The Laura Ingraham Show today, telling the conservative radio host that “as a physician, I’ve always been fascinated by the small pox vaccine and the history of it…so I’m not anti-vaccine at all, but particularly most of them ought to be voluntary.”
“There are times when there must be some [mandatory] rules,” he continued, “but for the most part it ought to be voluntary. The biggest one was when [Texas Governor Rick] Perry made it mandatory for everybody to have to take [the HPV vaccine] for a sexually transmitted disease.”
“While I think it’s a good idea to take the vaccine, I think that’s a personal decision for individuals to take.”
Listen to Rand Paul discuss vaccines on The Laura Ingraham Show below.