Ned Lamont: Vaccines work

Connecticut gubernatorial hopeful appeals to vaccine foes, anti-vaxxers HARTFORD, CT — “I think vaccines work,” says gubernatorial hopeful Ned Lamont, who just won a close Democratic primary for governor and is looking to succeed…

Ned Lamont: Vaccines work

Connecticut gubernatorial hopeful appeals to vaccine foes, anti-vaxxers

HARTFORD, CT — “I think vaccines work,” says gubernatorial hopeful Ned Lamont, who just won a close Democratic primary for governor and is looking to succeed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

Well then. What if the opposite were true?

Lamont’s bid is based on the idea that a governor can use public health to protect the public from diseases. But, a decade ago, Lamont said, the CDC and the World Health Organization advised the U.S. government to not recommend vaccines for children, and instead recommend “personal choices.”

“You have to have public health,” he said. “When you start giving them vaccines, that’s a health issue.”

Lamont said he knows that the CDC doesn’t have the final say, but he wants to work with the agency.

“I just believe you should stand up for the right thing, and that’s to protect public health,” Lamont said on a recent Thursday afternoon in a small room on the second floor of the state Public Health Division, “not to be anti-vax.”

The debate in the U.S. has been about whether or not vaccines protect the public. And on Thursday, Lamont brought up a case of a measles outbreak in Minnesota, the worst the state has seen in decades.

In recent years, the country, along with the World Health Organization, has been under increasing pressure to re-examine the risks of vaccines, particularly for children.

“The whole thing is about being pro-vaccine or not,” Lamont says.

Vaccine opponents have been arguing that in the case he referenced, the measles outbreak in Minnesota, the CDC and the World Health Organization said what was best for people was to give children individualized individual vaccines.

Lamont acknowledges that his goal is to have an informed debate about vaccines as governors. But for

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