Vaccines Should Be As Nonnegotiable As Seat Belts, Experts Say

In recent weeks, a host of public figures — from comedians to columnists to President Barack Obama — have called on parents to vaccinate their children against measles and other diseases.

But some experts say that the time for earnest public health appeals is long past. Instead, they argue, vaccines should be given the same nonnegotiable status as car seats for young children and the minimum drinking age. In other words, it’s time for a law on the books.

“We have seat belt laws,” Patsy Stinchfield, director of Pediatric Infectious Disease Services at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, told The Huffington Post. “We would never think to just lay that newborn baby down in the front seat and say, ‘I don’t really believe in car seats,’ or ‘I don’t really want to buckle my child up.’ … We should have the same kind of vigor when it comes to protecting children from vaccine-preventable diseases.’”

The vaccination issue has emerged as an early litmus test in the 2016 presidential race. Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) made waves on Monday when he told a reporter that “parents need to have some measure of choice” —> Read More Here


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