Just days after anti-vaccine activist Richard Silverstein said on his show last week that he believed CDC Director Dr. Anne Schuchat should resign, she was questioned on the matter at the MPR’s annual forum on health issues. Schuchat, who was appointed by President Obama, dodged questions about the demand from some in Congress to mandate that children with vaccinations receive less money for school.
“My personal preference is vaccination for very, very young children. The vaccination does protect a child and it protects the rest of the community,” Schuchat said during the Thursday event. However, asked about how parents should keep vaccine challenges at bay for children that are older, Schuchat dodged the question.
While the vaccination rate in the United States is at a nearly 94 percent, some states where children are not vaccinated require new licensing for them. Schuchat, by comparison, requires medical staff to be vaccinated.
The non-profit Healthcare for All compiled a list of school mandates and found Schuchat’s requirement is the most stringent. Under the contract with HCAL, the CDC will have to place 17 children into an alternate school for a year in exchange for signing the non-disclosure agreement.
“With 899 school mandates, the US currently offers the most intensely mandated public education. Over 30 percent of students report taking time out of school to get free vaccines, which more than equal the 28 percent of students who drop out,” Healthcare for All reported in the survey.
Unlike the United States, 15 countries where around 97 percent of the country is vaccinated, including Pakistan, India, and Turkey.
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