Rand Paul told conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham on Monday that he’s “not anti-vaccine at all” but that he believed “most of them ought to be voluntary.” Paul, who has a medical degree from Duke and continues to practice as an ophthalmologist, said he was “annoyed” about the number of vaccinations doctors wanted his children to take when they were born, The Daily Beast reports.
“[The doctors] wanted them to take a Hepatitis B [vaccine] in the neonatal nursery. And it’s like, that’s a sexually transmitted disease, or a blood-borne disease, and I didn’t like them getting 10 vaccines at once. So I actually delayed my kids’ vaccines, and had them staggered over time,” Paul told Ingraham. “There are times in which there can be some rules, but for the most part it ought to be voluntary.”
Paul also referred to a previous plan by former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to mandate young women get a vaccine against the human papillomavirus. “While I think it’s a good idea to take the vaccine, I think that’s a personal decision for individuals to take, when they take it,” Paul said.