MEASLES outbreaks in California and other western states, due in part to a trend in parents choosing not to vaccinate their children, have raised the question of whether vaccinations against certain diseases ought to be made mandatory. Given his libertarian streak, it is not surprising that Rand Paul, a Republican senator from Kentucky who will probably run for president, believes that vaccinations ought to remain voluntary. Nevertheless, a few of his comments on the subject on CNBC's "Closing Bell" on Monday provide a telling glimpse into his worldview.
Mr Paul, a Duke University-trained ophthalmologist, favours vaccination. But he questioned the wisdom of vaccinating infants and worried aloud about "tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines". Mr Paul earned a lot of flack for this remark,...Continue reading