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Carly Fiorina says parents should have the choice to vaccinate their kids — but it’s doctors who wield the real influence

Carly Fiorina says parents should have the choice to vaccinate their kids — but it’s doctors who wield the real influence

Source: The New York Times

At a town hall event in Iowa last week, aspiring Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina came out against mandatory vaccination for children. Fiorina believes parents have the right to decide whether or not to vaccinate their kids. Fiorina’s beliefs are actually in line with policies in most states: Vaccination is required for enrollment in public schools, but parents can obtain exemptions on religious or personal grounds. While policy is obviously important, recent research shows that doctors can also play a role in convincing hesitant parents to let their kids get vaccinated. Last December, Dr. Doug Opel, a pediatrician at Seattle Children’s, co-authored a paper in the journal Pediatrics that found that parents were much more likely to decline vaccines for their children when doctors presented the shots as a choice, rather than an expectation.

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