Vaccinations have been a point of contentious debate for several years now with many parents opting not to have their children vaccinated. As a result, there have been numerous reports of measles all across the country. While this may alarm many Americans, one lawmaker isn’t too concerned about it because he says we have antibiotics to handle the issue.
When speaking to the Texas Observer, Texas state Rep. Bill Zedler explained how he had measles as a young child and he survived.
“They want to say people are dying of measles,” Zedler said. “Yeah, in third-world countries they’re dying of measles. Today, with antibiotics and that kind of stuff, they’re not dying in America.”
Sadly though, it seems Zedler isn’t as savvy in the medical field as he may be in politics as it’s common knowledge that antibiotics do not affect viruses such as measles. instead, they are used to help fight bacterial infections.
This ever-growing trend of parents not vaccinating their children is clearly evident as 17 states allow children to attend school without vaccinations. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, exemptions from vaccinations include “personal, moral or other beliefs.”
The Hill reported that only two to five percent of children vaccinated will contract measles within the first 12 months. However, according to the Washington Post, there have been 159 cases of measles throughout the nation this year.
To the surprise of many, 68 of those reports were found in Washington State. As previously mentioned, Washington State is one of the states that allow exemptions from vaccinations.
Lawmakers in many states are looking at the possibility of removing the exemption option, which in turn, would force all children to vaccinated before they could attend public schools. On the other end of the spectrum as noted earlier, Texas feels there is no cause for alarm. Texas has confirmed only eight cases of a measle outbreak.
Zedler, along with other lawmakers, is considering purposing a bill that would make it easier for parents to exempt their children from vaccines to attend school.