I'm not quite sure I'm following the logic Republican presidential candidate and former Hewlett Packard horseman of the apocalypse Carly Fiorina is applying to her vaccination "stance," though "stance" is a being a bit charitable here, but
let's see if we can work it out together
Speaking at a town hall on Thursday in Alden, Iowa, Fiorina responded to a question from a mother of five who claimed that one of her children had an adverse reaction to a vaccination, saying “It’s always the parent’s choice.” She continued by referencing her daughter, who Fiorina said was bullied by a school nurse into vaccinating her pre-teen daughter for the Human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted disease. “Measles is one thing…,” Fiorina said.
But preventing a certain kind of cancer—a mean medical feat, mind you—is, we infer, another.
“When you have highly communicable diseases where you have a vaccine that’s proven, like measles or mumps, then I think a parent can make that choice, but then I think a school district is well within their rights to say, ‘I’m sorry, your child cannot then attend public school,'” Fiorina explained to reporters after the event.
All right, so the policy is that parents should be allowed to not vaccinate their kids against deadly communicable diseases, but
schools should then be allowed to deny entry to those children.
“So a parent has to make that trade-off,” she continued. “I think when we’re talking about some of these more esoteric immunizations, then I think absolutely a parent should have a choice and a school district shouldn’t be able to say, ‘sorry, your kid can’t come to school’ for a disease that’s not communicable, that’s not contagious, and where there really isn’t any proof that they’re necessary at this point.”
Which vaccine is she talking about here? We have to guess she means the HPV vaccine, except for the part where HPV is indeed communicable, i.e. contagious, and that the vaccination at this point has plenty of proof behind it, hence all the science-types "bullying" parents into crossing another deadly illness off their child's future medical roulette wheel. But it seems to be esoteric
, which I believe is the word Fiorina uses for involving the naughty bits.
Head below the fold for more of Fiorina's "reasoning."
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