Two GOP Prospects Amend Statements About Vaccines
If you are a politician willing to pander to the worst among us for votes then even a dangerous public health problem isn’t enough to stop you from demagogueing against our government and health institutions. That’s why poorly informed politicians need their handlers to think for them and walk things back from the edge.
CAMBRIDGE, England — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday parents should have some choice on whether to vaccinate their children, a position he’s taken before but one that drew a new level of attention amid a U.S. measles outbreak and his recent moves toward running for president.
The political significance of Christie’s remarks was amplified by his office a short time later, when it released a statement saying the governor believes “with a disease like measles there is no question kids should be vaccinated.”
Christie’s stumble into the vaccine issue came as a measles outbreak centered in California has sickened more than 100 people in several states and Mexico, putting a new spotlight on parents who choose not to vaccinate their children. Some do so for religious or philosophical reasons, while others cite a concern that vaccines can lead to autism and developmental disorders — a link debunked by rigorous medical research.