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Dr. Ben Carson: No ‘Philosophical’ or ‘Religious’ Exemptions for Vaccinations

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Dr. Ben Carson, a likely 2016 GOP presidential contenders, believes there should be no “philosophical” or “religious” exemptions for vaccinations.

“Certain communicable diseases have been largely eradicated by immunization policies in this country and we should not allow those diseases to return by foregoing safe immunization programs, for philosophical, religious or other reasons when we have the means to eradicate them.”

“Although I strongly believe in individual rights and the rights of parents to raise their children as they see fit, I also recognize that public health and public safety are extremely important in our society,” Carson told The Hill. “Certain communicable diseases have been largely eradicated by immunization policies in this country and we should not allow those diseases to return by foregoing safe immunization programs, for philosophical, religious or other reasons when we have the means to eradicate them.”

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The retired neurosurgeon’s comments came hours after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), both of whom are likely 2016 presidential candidates and potential rivals, stirred up controversy with their takes on vaccinations after the Disneyland measles outbreak.

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On Monday, Christie called for a need for “balance” regarding vaccination before his office immediately clarified Christie’s comments, saying there is “no question” that kids should be vaccinated against a disease like measles.

Paul said he could not understand why his belief that most vaccinations should be “voluntary” is in any way “controversial.”

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“I guess being for freedom would be really unusual?” he said during a Monday CNBC appearance. “I don’t understand the point why that would be controversial.”

Paul said that “vaccines are one of the greatest medical breakthroughs” and he was a “great fan of the smallpox vaccine.”

But he emphasized that vaccines “have been voluntary for most of history” and said he was not a fan of giving vaccines “five or six at one time.”

He mentioned that the Hepatitis B vaccine is given to newborns to prevent a disease that can be transmitted via sexual interactions or blood transfusions…(read more)

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6 Comments on “Dr. Ben Carson: No ‘Philosophical’ or ‘Religious’ Exemptions for Vaccinations”

  1. Paul H. Lemmen says:

    Reblogged this on A Conservative Christian Man.

  2. Reblogged this on EbolaInfo and commented:
    The desire to appease in his run for the presidency overrides the common sense view of personal sovereignty and choice. Another bunch (mob) of humans DEMAND I poison my body with products of dubious efficacy from a criminal and corrupt cabal protected by law from any damage their product may cause to my well being.

  3. B Gregory says:

    Childhood illnesses were one of God’s creations. We do our best to provide a good environment so our children will be healthy. If they get sick, it is wonderful to have medical treatments, and if a child dies, he died a natural death. If, on the other hand, we vaccinate a healthy child knowing that there is a risk however small and that child dies, we are guilty of murder. God did not make a mistake when he created us or disease. We make a mistake when we try to play God.

    • The Butcher says:

      By that logic, thousands of parents are guilty of murdering their children by giving them a sandwich. Eating a sandwich does, in fact, have risks, and sandwich-eating causes preventable deaths every year (and crossing the street, swimming, being in an automobile, flying a kite) any one of those voluntarily chosen, parent-decided things — every activity in life — has mortality risks. The “just one child” logic (insisting on 100% safety guarantee or you choose to abstain from modern sickness and death prevention vaccines) is either harmfully ignorant, or willfully evil. Shame on you. Parents who think like that, who misrepresent themselves as Christians, are a menace to parents and children everywhere.


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