Anti-Vaxx Child Abuse: Instead of vaccination, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin deliberately sent all nine of his kids to a chickenpox party to be infected with the disease because he doesn’t like vaccines.
The Louisville Courier Journal reports:
In a move experts say is medically unsound — and can be dangerous — Gov. Matt Bevin said in a radio interview Tuesday that he deliberately exposed all nine of his children to chickenpox so they would catch the disease and become immune.
In the interview with Kentucky’s WKCT, a Bowling Green talk radio station, Bevin said:
Every single one of my kids had the chickenpox. They got the chickenpox on purpose because we found a neighbor that had it and I went and made sure every one of my kids was exposed to it, and they got it. They had it as children. They were miserable for a few days, and they all turned out fine.
And I think, why are we forcing kids to get it (vaccines)? If you are worried about your child getting chickenpox or whatever else, vaccinate your child … But for some people, and for some parents, for some reason they choose otherwise. This is America. The federal government should not be forcing this upon people. They just shouldn’t.
Commenting on the story TPM notes:
The method of exposing children to the virus instead of vaccinating them is a staple of the anti-vaxxer movement. Experts warn the method is unsafe and say that the vaccine makes individuals less likely to get shingles later in life.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also urges against deliberately exposing kids to chicken pox, including the past practice of “chicken pox parties” held by some parents.
“Chickenpox can be serious and can lead to severe complications and death, even in healthy children,” according to the CDC website.
Medical experts condemned Bevin’s reckless behavior. Dr. Robert Jacobson, a pediatrician and expert in vaccines and childhood diseases at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said:
I would never recommend or advise it. It’s just dangerous.
Dr. Jacobson added:
We’re no longer living in the 17th century. I really recommend to my parents that they vaccinate their children, that they do it in a timely manner, and they recognize they are doing the right thing for their children.
Bottom line: In a display of reckless ignorance, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin deliberately sent all nine of his kids to a chickenpox party to be infected with the disease because he doesn’t like vaccines.