Con to the question "Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children?"
"I think public awareness of how good vaccines are for kids and how they are good for public health is a great idea... but I don't think there's anything extraordinary about resorting to freedom…
I've heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines. I'm not arguing vaccines are a bad idea, I think they're a good thing, but I think the parent should have some input. The state doesn't own your children. Parents own the children and it is an issue of freedom."
CNBC, "Defensive? Sen. Rand Paul on Voluntary Vaccines," www.cnbc.com, Feb. 2, 2015
Experts Individuals with advanced degrees in fields relevant to vaccines and healthcare. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to vaccines and healthcare.
Involvement and Affiliations:
United States Senator (R-KY), 2011-present
Member, US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Member, US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP)
Member, US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs
Member, US Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Member, Senate Tea Party Caucus, 2011-present
Recipient, TIME "100 Most Influential People," 2013
Founder, Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic, 1995
Founder, Kentucky Tax Payers United, 1994-2000
Former practicing ophthalmologist, Bowling Green (KY)