Rand Paul is a doctor?

Senator Rand Paul said some really crazy stuff about vaccines causing mental disorders There are serious problems with his misleading comments about vaccination.

“I’ve heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking, normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines,” Paul said. “I’m not arguing vaccines are a bad idea. I think they’re a good thing. But I think the parents should have some input.”

Asked for evidence of those claims, Paul campaign spokesman Sergio Gor didn’t address them and instead said that while Paul largely supports vaccines, “many” should be voluntary.

1024px-Rand_Paul,_official_portrait,_112th_Congress_alternateBut he’s a doctor, right? He should know!

He’s a doctor, but an ophthalmologist – an eye doctor. Eye doctors don’t give vaccinations and probably don’t know a whole lot about the immune system. So he’s using his credentials as a medical school graduate to boost his opinion. Is that valid? No. He’s spouting nonsense.

Second hand stories of those that say they saw complications is NOT the same as a careful cataloging of vaccine-related injuries. Such stories are opinion, not even informed opinions, and are more than dubious.

While Sen. Paul admits vaccines are overall good and that he gets vaccines and so did his children, he’s making a point about choice. Funny, how many parents are pediatricians and are more qualified on vaccinations than their children’s doctor to make correct “choices”.

Today I encountered a person on Twitter who said they felt uncomfortable about vaccines and “went with their gut” about holding off on vaccines.

I try not to think with my gut, that’s not what it’s for.

There is simply NO DOUBT that vaccines should be administered on a recommended schedule and in their entirety.

Parents already have a “choice“.

There is no such thing as “forced vaccination” in this country, no matter how much the antivaccine movement likes to try to characterize it this way. Rather, what we have in this country are school vaccine mandates. […] No parent is forced to vaccinate her child for anything, but if the parent makes that choice the child will not be allowed to enroll in school or day care. It’s an eminently reasonable compact: You don’t have to vaccinate, but you don’t have the right to let your child endanger others. It’s a system that has served us well for many years. It’s less coercive than actual forced vaccination, which inevitably produces a really nasty backlash, but it still functions well to maintain high levels of vaccination in most cases.

Vaccines are generally considered to be the most successful public health intervention ever devised. They unequivocally are not related to autism which is a more complex syndrome. For more about vaccines (and the autism myth) go here – Vaccines & Autism « Science-Based Medicine


One thought on “Rand Paul is a doctor?

  1. Howard says:

    I know more than few medical doctors who somewhat question the links between vaccines and autism to some extent.. Not sure about percentages but it is not that teeny tiny at least in central PA. Doctors can be gullible too.


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