News & Politics

President Trump Urges Parents to Vaccinate Their Children

President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, Jan 25, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

As I wrote earlier this week, measles cases are on the rise in this country. More cases have already been reported this year than in any year since 2000, which is a shame since there is a solution in the form of vaccines. This potentially deadly disease having been once eradicated in this country, there is no valid reason that it should be making a comeback. While speaking to reporters, President Donald Trump demonstrated an understanding of this and urged parents to vaccinate their children.

Referencing the current measles outbreak and the number of unvaccinated kids, President Trump insisted, “They have to get the shot. The vaccinations are so important. This is going around now. They have to get their shots.”

This position is somewhat of an about-face by the President. During the Obama administration, Trump was quick to connect autism with vaccinations. He frequently tweeted about the dangers of vaccines and urged President Obama to “save our children.”

No doubt, President Trump’s most recent statement urging parents to vaccinate their children will anger anti-vaxers. Thankfully, it appears that the President is more concerned about doing the right thing than about appeasing conspiracy theorists. Let’s hope that parents will heed President Trump’s words and vaccinate their kids.