Texas Republican Falsely Claims Antibiotics Cure Measles, Supports Anti-Vaxxer Bill
Texas State Rep. Bill Zedler supports an anti-vaxxer bill that would ban the Texas health department from tracking vaccine exemptions even though there is a measles outbreak in the state.
The Republican lawmaker shared his painful ignorance of infectious diseases with Texas Monthly:
When I grew up, I had a lot of these illnesses [ measles, mumps and chickenpox]. They wanted me to stay at home. But as far as being sick in bed, it wasn’t anything like that.
Zedler was born in 1943, “two decades before the measles vaccine was developed. During Zedler’s childhood, about 450 people died of measles each year in the United States, 48,000 were hospitalized and a few million more got the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” reports the Texas Monthly.
Zedler proudly and falsely claimed that antibiotics cure the measles:
They want to say people are dying of measles. Yeah, in third-world countries they’re dying of measles. Today, with antibiotics and that kind of stuff, they’re not dying in America.
Zedler defended placing the public at risk by claiming he supports “freedom of conscience” and opposes mandatory vaccinations: “This is not the Soviet Union, you know.”