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4 Politicians Who Advocate Vaccine Choice for Parents

By    |   Monday, 23 Mar 2015 02:30 AM

One of the hotly debated topics in the upcoming presidential race may very well be vaccines, especially if current measles outbreaks continue.

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While most politicians draw the line at forcing parents to give vaccines, here are four who have spoken out in favor of the parental right to choose if their kids are vaccinated or not. It needs to be noted that these politicians also say they believe vaccines are important:

Sen. Rand Paul – Vocal about his belief that people should not be forced to have vaccinations, Paul told CNBC, “The state doesn't own your children. Parents own the children. And it is an issue of freedom and public health.” Paul acknowledges the health benefits vaccines provide.  

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Gov. Chris Christie – This New Jersey Republican has told the public he vaccinates his own children, which shows his basic support of vaccinations. But his opinion on government involvement in vaccinations and parental choice is less clear. Recently, he was criticized for saying, as quoted by Fox News, “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.” Christie clarified that he did not say vaccines are dangerous and that they are “an important public health protection,” MSNBC reported.   

Carly Fiorina – This former Hewlett Packard CEO is considering a political run for president, and she has taken the side of parents when it comes to vaccinations. “I think parents have to make choices for their family and their children,” she told Buzzfeed. However, she does support vaccines and their ability to protect children and adults from disease.  

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Michele Bachmann – Bachmann, who has toyed with the idea of running in the 2016 campaign, made her views on at least one vaccination clear in 2011, when she claimed people shouldn't have their girls vaccinated against HPV, speaking after Texas Gov. Rick Perry proposed a mandate for girls to get that vaccine. 

This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.

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One of the hotly debated topics in the upcoming presidential race may very well be vaccines, especially if current measles outbreaks continue. Here are four who have spoken out in favor of the parental right to choose if their kids are vaccinated or not.
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