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Topics in the News: Vaccinations


Tim Kaine on Health Care : Nov 1, 2016
Supports federal requirement that children get vaccinated

Q: Should the federal government require children to be vaccinated for preventable diseases?

Tim Kaine's answer: Yes

Mike Pence's answer: Yes

Evan McMullin's answer: Yes

Darrell Castle's answer (Constitution Party): No

Gary Johnson's answer (Libertarian Party): No

Donald Trump's answer: Yes

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Evan McMullin on Health Care : Nov 1, 2016
Supports federal requirement that children get vaccinated

Q: Should the federal government require children to be vaccinated for preventable diseases?

Evan McMullin's answer: Yes

Darrell Castle's answer (Constitution Party): No

Gary Johnson's answer (Libertarian Party): No

Donald Trump's answer: Yes

Tim Kaine's answer: Yes

Mike Pence's answer: Yes

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Jill Stein on Health Care : Oct 9, 2016
Vaccines are a foundation to a strong public health system

Q: How will your administration support vaccine science?

STEIN: Vaccines are a critical part of our public health system. Vaccines prevent serious epidemics that would cause harm to many people and that is why they are a foundation to a strong public health system. Polio is an important example. So is H Flu--a bacteria that caused serious illness, including meningitis, in 20,000 children a year in the US, before development of the H flu vaccine. We need universal health care as a right to ensure that everyone has access to critical vaccines. The best way to overcome resistance to vaccination is to acknowledge and address concerns and build trust with hesitant parents. We can do that by removing corporate influence from our regulatory agencies to eliminate apparent conflicts of interest and show skeptics, in this case vaccine-resistant parents, that the motive behind vaccination is protecting their children's health, not increasing profits for pharmaceutical companies.

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Donald Trump on Health Care : Oct 9, 2016
Educate public on value of comprehensive vaccinations

Q: Public health officials warn that we need to take more steps to prevent international epidemics from viruses such as Zika. Meanwhile, measles is resurgent due to decreasing vaccination rates. How will your administration support vaccine science?

DONALD TRUMP: We should educate the public on the values of a comprehensive vaccination program. We have been successful with other public service programs and this seems to be of enough importance that we should put resources against this task.

JILL STEIN: Vaccines are a critical part of our public health system. We need universal health care as a right to ensure that everyone has access to critical vaccines. The best way to overcome resistance to vaccination is to acknowledge and address concerns and build trust with hesitant parents. We can do that by removing corporate influence from our regulatory agencies to eliminate apparent conflicts of interest.

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Donald Trump on Health Care : Oct 9, 2016
Focus on greatest bang for the buck, not public health

Q: Public health efforts like smoking cessation, drunk driving laws, vaccination, and water fluoridation have improved health and productivity and save millions of lives. How would you improve federal research and our public health system?

TRUMP: The implication of the question is that one must provide more resources to research and public health enterprises. In a time of limited resources, one must ensure that the nation is getting the greatest bang for the buck. We cannot simply throw money at these institutions and assume that the nation will be well served. What we ought to focus on applying resources to those areas where we need the most work. Our efforts to support research and public health initiatives will have to be balanced with other demands for scarce resources. My administration will work to establish national priorities and then we will work to make sure that adequate resources are assigned to achieve our goals.

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Gary Johnson on Families & Children : May 2, 2016
No to mandatory vaccines; let parents decide