San Antonio DA and Medical Community at Odds Over Vaccines

“I’m going to call BS on people saying you can’t be the D.A. and give an opinion, there’s nothing unethical about that.”

By Joey PalaciosSeptember 1, 2016 9:30 am| , , ,

From Texas Public Radio

“I’m Nico LaHood, I’m the criminal district attorney in San Antonio, Texas. I’m here to tell you that vaccines can and do cause Autism,” says Bexar County D.A. Nico LaHood in a clip for a documentary series called “Vaxxed Stories.”

In the 11 minute video, LaHood, and his wife, Davida, say they believe their two oldest children were harmed by vaccines. The LaHoods say at birth their son was fine.

“The first year he was a very alert baby, he was very talkative. He was happy, he would smile a lot,” Davida LaHood says.

The couple claims that changed after a round of vaccines at 18 months. Their son developed tics and stopped responding to his name.

“And still to this day, he’s almost 6, and he’s not able to verbally communicate.”

Speaking to Texas Public Radio on Tuesday, LaHood says he and his wife decided to not vaccinate the two youngest of their four children.

“My wife and I have made a decision, I was asked my personal opinion I shared my personal opinion and it shouldn’t matter if I am the D.A. or what I am because President Obama is very open about his movement for vaccines, he advocates for them as President of the United States, nobody has a problem with that right? Governor Perry, back when he was governor, advocated for the HPV vaccines on young girls, no one had a problem with that. So I’m going to call BS on people saying you can’t be the D.A. and give an opinion, there’s nothing unethical about that. We checked with the ethics commission.”

LaHood’s comments – coming from a well-known public official- drew swift criticism on his Facebook page, and raised alarm bells among health professionals. They seemed concerned parents would be persuaded to skip immunizations for their own children.

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