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5 Politicians Who Don't Advocate Vaccine Choice for Parents

By    |   Monday, 23 March 2015 02:48 AM

Hot heads sometime take over debates on whether vaccines are safe or unsafe, and recent outbreaks in the United States only add to the fear and anger around the debate.

Some people believe the choice to have vaccines isn’t really debatable, and that vaccines should be mandatory, especially to get children into public schools.

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Here are five politicians who believe children who want to change the rules to take some of the choice in the vaccine debate away from parents, and in one case, from adults caring for children:

Sen. Barbara Boxer, of California, has introduced a bill in Congress that would require all children enrolled in Head Start schools be vaccinated, the San Jose Mercury News said. “All I'm saying is, we have doctors we can trust and you should listen to them and not some quack who comes up with a theory that is disproven," Boxer told the News. "We're not forcing anybody to get vaccinated. If you want to get into Head Start and you don't want to get vaccinated, bye, bye, go somewhere else." Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Anna Eshoo also introduced the bill.

Oregon Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward had advocated for a bill in her state that would have eliminated nonmedical exemptions for children to go to school without getting vaccinated, the Statesman Journal reported. But the state backed off on that bill after support waned, and Hayward was proposing a different policy that would encourage vaccinations but would continue to allow nonmedical exemptions. 

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Herb Conaway, assemblyman in New Jersey, chaired a committee that voted to make it harder for parents in New Jersey to get a nonmedical exemption for having their children vaccinated, NJ.com reported. “We've heard too many people playing politics with vaccinations, despite vaccinations having long been proven as a vital public health success story," NJ.com quoted Conaway from a statement following the vote. "In the end, the only thing government must balance is what's best for the overall public health, and that means unambiguously supporting vaccinations and making clear that any exemptions must be limited."

Canada’s federal Health Minister Rosa Ambrose said this month that vaccinations should be mandatory, The Globe and Mail reported. “I have no authority to impose that, but I do, I really do. I think it’s very important,” she said.

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California Sen. Tony Mendoza told the Los Angeles Times vaccines should be mandatory for adults who work in daycare situations or in preschools. 

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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