Kaci Hickox, a nurse who was quarantined by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) after she returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, slammed the governor’s recent remarks on vaccinations.
Christie on Monday said that parents should have “some measure of choice” when it comes to vaccinating their kids after he was asked about the current measles outbreak in the U.S. His office later clarified that the governor thinks there is “no question” children should be vaccinated for measles.
“I think this is a good example of Gov. Christie making some very ill-informed statements. We heard it a lot during the Ebola discussion, and now it seems to have happened again,” Hickox said on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes.” “I think the unfortunate thing — or the scary thing — is that I want a leader who consults experts and thinks about all of the different sides to an issue before making statements and policies that are unfounded in science.”
Hickox said Christie is “going against science.”
“We know that vaccines are safe, and we know that vaccines save lives,” she said. “I have worked in a measles outbreak in northern Nigeria before. We were seeing about 2,000 children a week with measles. And it’s a scary disease. I know that these families of these 100 people who have the disease now could tell you a little bit about what the disease looks like and how much misery it causes. After the vaccine was implemented in 1963, there was a large reduction in cases, about 98 percent.”
Watch the “All In” segment via MSNBC. Hickox joins host Chris Hayes at the 5 minute mark.
H/t Huffington Post