In non-celebrity news, but highly in the realm of WTF, the Governor of Kentucky, Matt Bevin, decided he would take his parenting skills all the way left. We currently live in a world where people like Jenny McCarthy and Kristin Cavallari are known as opinion leaders on vaccinations despite having zero medical (or rational) expertise. And you know who loves this? Matt Bevin. He supports parents not vaccinating his kids, and it looks like he’s not into vaccinating his kids either, because he revealed he forced all nine of his kids to purposely contract chickenpox.
The New York Times is reporting that during an interview with a radio station on Tuesday, Bevin revealed that he is psychotic and loves exposing his children to disease:
“Every single one of my kids had the chickenpox… They got the chickenpox on purpose because we found a neighbor that had it and I went and made sure every one of my kids was exposed to it, and they got it. They had it as children. They were miserable for a few days, and they all turned out fine.”
Medical experts were very quick to point out that this is not what people do anymore. Before 1995, when we didn’t have a vaccine for chickenpox, people would expose their children to the disease believing that it was better to get it as a kid than as an adult, when it’s more dangerous. Doctors say doing this can “lead to dangerous complications or death.”
Dr. Tara Smith says that other things can come from getting chickenpox and it’s not just some irritated skin and wearing mittens to stop yourself from scratching:
“Chickenpox can cause pneumonia, it can cause secondary skin infections, it can cause encephalitis.”
Fun! I don’t know what encephalitis is but I can barely pronounce it, so I know it’s not good.
The immunization for chickenpox can only be taken after a baby is 1 year old, but the CDC constantly assures the public that the vaccine is safe and most children have no side effects from taking it. Babies under 1 year old don’t get it because they are vulnerable to the disease, it can kill them. It can also kill pregnant women and anyone with a weakened immune system. Also if you get chickenpox you’re at risk of getting shingles as an adult which can kill you with pneumonia and make you go blind.
Basically: it’s not a good idea to create huge infectious environments of disease. Not sure why that needs to be said, but Bevin really needs to hear it as he believes the government should not force people into preventing themselves from dying from disease:
“For some people, and for some parents, for some reason they choose otherwise… This is America. The federal government should not be forcing this upon people. They just shouldn’t.”
This is some real great parenting. Why not step it up a level? Chickenpox is for pussies! Purposely expose all nine of your kids to mumps. That’ll show those snowflake doctors!