Barry Loudermilk Says He Didn’t Vaccinate His Children
WASHINGTON — Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) told a town hall audience in Georgia last week that he thinks parents should decide whether to have their children vaccinated against diseases like measles and mumps. He said he and his wife didn’t get vaccinations for most of their children.
“I believe it’s the parents’ decision whether to immunize or not,” Loudermilk said, according to a video of the event. “And so I’m looking at our wife — most of our children, we didn’t immunize. They’re healthy. Of course, home schooling, we didn’t have to get the mandatory immunization.”
Loudermilk, chairman of a science subcommittee, was responding to a question that implied a link between vaccines and autism. Despite many studies debunking the myth, a subset of the population insists vaccines are unsafe. Debate over the topic has arisen again as the U.S. is in the midst of its worst measles outbreak since the disease had been eradicated here in 2000. The majority of people who have gotten measles in the outbreak were unvaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.