CHICAGO (CBS) — In the face of increasing measles cases in Illinois and elsewhere, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said politicians need “to stop playing doctor,” and encouraging parents who choose not to vaccinate their children.
The senator said it used to be only a few parents – for religious or other reasons – would opt out of school requirements for vaccinations against the measles, and other diseases; but, because of unfounded fears about the vaccine, many now claim exemptions.READ MORE: Delivery Driver Shot In Head In Back of The Yards; 18-Year-Old Struck In Thigh
Durbin said that’s one reason measles cases are on the rise.
“I think the politicians in Washington, and around this country, have got to stop playing doctor. Some of the loose comments they’ve made about these measles vaccinations just make the situation worse,” he said. “It is a safe vaccine. Parents should use this vaccine, protecting themselves and their children.”