“This is going to be the next big question for all these presidential candidates, how they feel about mandatory vaccines, because of the outbreak we’ve seen of measles in this country,” said Megyn Kelly on “The O’Reilly Factor” last night, saying: “it’s about Big Brother on the one hand – but on the other hand, some things do require some involvement of Big Brother!”
“You will not get the measles if you get the vaccine,” said Kelly.
“But it’s something like 13% of kids don’t get vaccinated because their parents don’t agree with it or whatever,” said O’Reilly.
“But – in defense of those who have not vaccinated their children, they were given bad information years ago by a UK study that came out in 1998,” said Kelly.
“But now there’s good information!” objected O’Reilly.
“Now there’s good information,” Kelly affirmed. “In defense of Christie and President Obama, both of whom came out and made somewhat pro-vaccine statements today, they had made sort of more moderated statements five years ago. Let me say this, five years ago the science wasn’t even as certain as it is today. It is very certain today!”
“Let’s cut through it – do you oppose mandatory vaccinations for the children?” asked O’Reilly.
“No,” said Kelly. “And I want to say on the record, I have three children under the age of six. I vaccinated all of them, on time, as the doctor prescribed. On time, nothing was delayed. We did it as the doctor prescribed.”
“About 90% of Americans do the right thing, 10% don’t,” said O’Reilly.
“But it’s not enough,” said Kelly. “What we need in these vaccinations is herd immunity, or community immunity. So they’re looking for about 95% of the community to be immune to protect all of us. And it’s starting to dip below that number, even on something like measles – which is airborne!”
“This is going to be a big issue for these politicians going forward,” asserted Kelly. “Because it’s about Big Brother on the one hand – but on the other hand some things do require some involvement of Big Brother!”
"Well there she is, Megyn Kelly, she's been vaccinated against everything except 'The Factor,'" quipped O'Reilly at the conclusion of Kelly's guest appearance.