I’m grateful to the Lexington Herald Leader for publication of an op-ed piece I wrote on Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s uninformed comments on vaccinations. Both Paul and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie have made potentially damaging comments on the topic this week.
In the face of a burgeoning measles outbreak, there are countless Americans who would love to take advantage of vaccines but cannot because of their age or existing medical conditions. They are relying on the rest of us to make unselfish decisions in the interest of public health. We in turn need to be able to rely on representatives like Senator Paul and Governor Christie, who are in unique positions to shape health policies. Given the statements they’ve made recently, I’m not so sure that we can.
You can read the op-ed here.