To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate…

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate…

Do you believe parents should be able to opt out of vaccinating their children? GOP governor candidate for Oregon wants to loosen vaccination requirements.

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Knute Buehler, a physician and the Republican gubernatorial nominee in Oregon, supports loosening vaccination requirements in his state. Buehler said that he supports parental rights to opt out with or without a medical reason to do so, according to Daily Beast.

“As a physician, I certainly believe in the benefits of vaccination but I also think that parents should have the right to opt out,” Buehler said. “To opt out for personal beliefs, for religious beliefs or even if they have strong alternative medical beliefs. And that has been beneficial. I think that gives people option and choice and that’s the policy I would continue to pursue as Oregon’s governor.”

The public’s view on vaccinations is split, as there can be possible side effects of getting vaccinated. Just a couple of the reasons people are for/against vaccines include: According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “most childhood vaccines are 90%-99% effective in preventing disease.” But, according to the CDC, “all vaccines carry a risk of a life-threatening allergic reaction.”

Oregon’s current law states parents can exempt their children from vaccinations for certain medical circumstances.

Buehler is not the first politician to state his skepticism with vaccination laws. According to Daily Beast, Kevin Stitt, who is running in Oklahoma, said he didn’t vaccinate all his children. President Trump has also stated he is skeptical of “massive vaccinations.”

Before Buehler’s campaign, his position on vaccines contradicted his position now. According to a 2015 report from My Central Oregon, Buehler spoke in favor of legislation that sought to remove non-medical exemptions for school vaccines.

When asked about vaccines on a radio show in April, Buehler said, “I think vaccines are good in general, they’re a bit overdone, but always parents should have the ability to opt out for medical or personal or religious beliefs.”

Buehler made it clear that he is now on the side of freedom of choosing whether to vaccinate. “But I think vaccines are good and I’d encourage people to get their kids vaccinated,” he said.

Buehler, who has run a competitive campaign against Gov. Kate Brown, is behind in the polls by an average of less than four points.

Do you think parents should be able to opt out of vaccinating their children? Read more about this story on Daily Beast here.


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Do you believe parents should be able to opt out of vaccinating their children? GOP governor candidate for Oregon wants to loosen vaccination requirements.

Totals
43% Y – it’s a choice
57% N – it’s reckless
Males
45% Y – it’s a choice
55% N – it’s reckless
Females
38% Y – it’s a choice
62% N – it’s reckless

Y – it’s a choice

N – it’s reckless


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