Public health experts and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are clear: vaccines are safe and effective. Still, fears of side effects and chronic illness have stoked a vocal anti-vaccination movement that came to the Ohio Statehouse on Wednesday.
The anti-vaccine event‚Äôs headliner was Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the founder of Children‚Äôs Health Defense who has become the celebrity face of the national anti-vaccine movement.
‚ÄúWe have the most aggressive vaccine schedule in the world, and we have the sickest children in the developed world,‚ÄĚ Kennedy said at the event, chastising pharmaceutical companies, regulators and lawmakers.
Rep. Ron Hood, R-Ashville, is sponsoring a bill that would prevent employers from taking adverse action against workers who refuse to be vaccinated for medical reasons or ‚Äúreasons of conscience,‚ÄĚ including religious beliefs. ...