Pa. Health secretary pushing back against vaccine misinformation

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“I vaccinated myself, I vaccinated my kids, but I still do not favor giving up on liberty for a false sense of security,” said Sen. Rand Paul. 

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) argued Tuesday that the decision to vaccinate children should be left up to the parents. 

He went after arguments for mandatory vaccinations, like unvaccinated children spreading diseases, to those unable to receive vaccinations. 

“There doesn’t seem to be enough evidence of this happening to be recorded as a statistic, but it could happen,” Paul said. 

“That is incorrect,” Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said.

Levine on Wednesday pushed back against the Senator’s comments and what she calls the spreading of false information on the internet, like an article which links vaccines to autism. 

“It has been shown to be false. He fabricated the information, but it has had this effect in terms of misinformation to the public about the safety of our vaccines,” Levine said. 

A study released Monday also confirmed no link between vaccines and autism.

Levine says they still need to do more to educate the public on the importance of safety and vaccines. 

“I want to make it very clear: childhood vaccinations and adult vaccinations like the measles vaccine are safe and they are effective,” Levine said.

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