White House Urges Vaccinations Amid Measles Threat

Parents should listen to public health officials who encourage vaccination, the White House said Friday amid reports that hundreds of people in Arizona may have been exposed to the measles virus.

“Being guided by the science in matters like this is typically the right approach,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said, adding that research “certainly” indicates parents should vaccinate their children.

“That’s, obviously, what our public health professionals recommend,” he said.

But Earnest also said he did not want to dispense medical advice, allowing only that the president believed “that these kinds of decisions are decisions that should be made by parents” who should show a bias toward public health advice.

“But the science on this, as our public health professionals I’m sure would be happy to tell you, the science on this is really clear,” Earnest added.