Fox News Panel Of Doctors Unanimously Agrees: Get Your Children Vaccinated (VIDEO)

It is an unfortunate reality that many parents choose not to vaccinate their children, placing entire communities at risk to contract diseases many thought have long been gone from society.

Recently, the state of California played host to the state’s worst whooping cough epidemic in 70 years. Between January 1 and November 26 2014, a total of 9,935 cases were reported to the California Department of Public Health — 1,819 in San Diego County alone.

“We’d have to go way back to the 1940s to find more cases,” Dr. Eric McDonald, medical director of the epidemiology and immunization branch for public health services in San Diego County, said of the outbreak.

The state of California, and the country, has also seen a number of measles outbreaks as a result of parents electing not to vaccinate their children. Measles cases in the United States are at a 20-year high according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The current increase in measles cases is being driven by unvaccinated people, primarily U.S. residents, who got measles in other countries, brought the virus back to the United States and spread to others in communities where many people are not vaccinated,” Dr. Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general and director of CDC’s National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases, explained.  “Many of the clusters in the U.S. began following travel to the Philippines where a large outbreak has been occurring since October 2013.”

The anti-vaccination movement is based entirely in fantasy. It began around 1998 when a study, later called an “elaborate fraud,” claimed that there was a link between autism and childhood vaccinations. Though the study was discredited and its author, Andrew Wakefield, was stripped of his medical license in 2011, True Believers continue to push the lie that vaccinations are hurting children.

On Wednesday’s “Happening Now,” Fox News tackled the vaccination issue and the idea of the “personal liberty” to place one’s children, and entire communities, at risk by failing to take care of one’s kids’ most basic healthcare needs.

Host Jenna Lee noted that “most Americans are vaccinating their kids,” but wondered if there was a problem with parents practicing their right to ignore science and make terrible decisions for their children.

“There is a question,” Lee said, “about personal liberty and having the choice to make the choices for your children, and also what’s good for the community.” Lee asked her panel of doctors if there should be a federal regulation forcing parents to vaccinate their children if they will be in public areas.

One by one, the doctors on the show destroyed the “personal liberty” narrative.

“If we get into a philosophical argument about whether vaccines are safe are not — they are safe,” said Fox News doctor Manny Alvarez. He noted that parents who choose not to vaccinate are placing their children at risk.

“If this is the trend that many communities are going to have — opting out because they have some weird belief, and I said that it’s weird because it is weird to me — that they’re not going to protect their children, then maybe we need a federal mandate,” Alvarez added.

“This goes from being a personal decision to a public hazard if you’re not vaccinating your child,” Dr. Darria Long Gillespie said.

If the trending outbreaks of measles and whooping cough continue, “We will need something from the top down to make sure that everyone stays vaccinated,” said Dr. Frank Esper, who pointed out that the United States once had federal mandates regarding vaccines.

Some schools around the country are taking matters into their own hands. Last year, a federal judge upheld a New York City policy that prevents children who have not been vaccinated from attending school when another student has an illness that can be prevented by said vaccines.

“Disease is pestilence,” said one of the plaintiffs in the case, “and pestilence is from the devil. The devil is germs and disease, which is cancer and any of those things that can take you down. But if you trust in the Lord, these things cannot come near you.”

In his ruling, Judge William F. Kuntz II said that the Supreme Court has  “strongly suggested that religious objectors are not constitutionally exempt from vaccinations.”

Watch the Fox News segment, below:


H/T: Talking Points Memo