In an interview with CNN, an anti-vaxxer Arizona cardiologist said outright that he doesn’t care if his unvaccinated child gives another child measles.
“I’m not going to sacrifice the well-being of my child. My child is pure,” Dr. Jack Wolfson said in the interview. “It’s not my responsibility to be protecting their child.”
Wolfson’s comments came on the heels of a growing backlash against anti-vaxxer parents in the wake of a measles outbreak in California. The CNN story focused on a leukemia-stricken child whose chemotherapy would not allow her to be vaccinated, forcing her to rely on the science of herd immunity – the expectation that her surrounding community would be vaccinated, protecting her from infection.
“As far as I’m concerned, it’s very likely that her leukemia is from vaccinations in the first place,” Wolfson said in another interview with KPNX.
The CNN host then asked Wolfson if he could live with himself if his unvaccinated child got other children, like Sacks’ daughter, fatally sick.
“I could live with myself easily. It’s an unfortunate thing that people die, but people die. And I’m not going to put my child at risk to save another child,” he said.
“I’m not going to sacrifice the wellbeing of my child,” he added. “My child is pure.”
Watch the exchange in the video below:
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