A group of Mississippi Parents says they should have the right to decide whether and when their children are vaccinated. The group, Mississippi Parents for Vaccine Rights, is lobbying lawmakers to pass a bill that would allow parents to opt out of the state's strict vaccination schedule. Representative Mark Formby, a Republican from Picayune, has authored a bill that would do just that. Formby tells MPB's Desare Frazier why this is an issue close to his heart.
Mary Jo Perry is with the group of parents fighting for fewer vaccine requirements. She says she does not consider herself anti-vaccination. In fact, with a couple of exceptions, she says her son has a mostly-complete set of vaccinations. Perry bristles at the idea that a doctor's medical education makes him or her more qualified to distinguish mental and behavioral differences in a child than a parent who lives with that child every day.
Dr. Sandy Feldman is a pediatric diseases expert and Professor Emeritus at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Feldman says he's old enough to have seen first-hand the improvements vaccines have made in American public health.
High school students across Mississippi are gaining access to life-saving CPR training. Currently, CPR training is a graduation requirement in Mississippi. The Mississippi Healthcare Alliance and the American Heart Association are partnering to deliver CPR kits to all Mississippi high schools who don't already have them. Dr. Harper Stone is with the Healthcare Alliance.
Howard Bahr is a Vietnam veteran from Meridian who also spent time working on the railroad. That work on the rails figures heavily into his novel, Pelican Road. In this week's Book Club, Bahr talks about the book's unlikely journey to publication.