Gov. Pence urges Hoosier families to vaccinate kids as measles spreads

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 3, 2015)-- In a statement released Tuesday, Gov. Mike Pence urged Hoosier families to get their kids vaccinated.

The call comes as the anti-vaccination movement is being blamed for a measles outbreak and some politicians are suggesting that parents should be able to decide if their children are vaccinated or not.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul added their opinions into the debate this week saying parents should have a choice.

Doctors like Dr. Richard Feldman, the director of the family medicine residency program at Franciscan St. Francis Health, said they are just trying to please voters.

“I’m not running for president. I can say whatever I think is right,” said Feldman. "As long as we have an incompletely immunized population, we’re going to see outbreaks.”

The Governor's statement reads:

"Indiana law requires all children be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases like the measles by getting vaccinated. Vaccines protect all our children from illnesses, and our administration strongly urges Hoosier families to have their children vaccinated."