Anti-Science Quotable: Senator Rand Paul spreads misinformation about vaccines #IamTheHerd #ophthalmologist

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I’ve heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking, normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines. I’m not arguing vaccines are a bad idea. I think they’re a good thing. But I think the parents should have some input. – Senator Rand Paul during a CNN interview

Were these tragic cases based on science?? The worst and most hypocritical was yet to come. Paul sent a followup email to CNN elaborating and slightly backpedaling.

Dr. Paul believes that vaccines have saved lives, and should be administered to children. His children were all vaccinated. He also believes many vaccines should be voluntary and like most medical decisions, between the doctor and the patient, not the government.

As a “doctor”, I would hope that Senator Paul would recognize the weaknesses introduced by voluntary vaccination. What if his children were unable to be vaccinated? Or what about when they were too young to be vaccinated as babies? These children can only be protected by high vaccine rates among people who can get them.

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