Anti-Vaccination Doctor Under Investigation by Arizona Medical Board
A Phoenix-area doctor who's received national media attention for his stance against vaccinating children, is under investigation by one of the state's medical boards.
Dr. Jack Wolfson, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, is under investigation by the Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners for several recent complaints, the agency confirmed to New Times.
However, the existence of an investigation doesn't mean Wolfson's done anything wrong.
"The basic premise of the board is that we receive complaints, and we investigate all of them, and we evaluate each one on its own merit," Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners executive director Jenna Jones says.
As seven cases of measles have been identified in Arizona following the outbreak in Disneyland, Wolfson has been a figure in the national media fighting against vaccinating children.
Wolfson, a cardiologist, was interviewed by CNN as the counter-point to a family with a little girl with leukemia who was one of 190 people exposed to measles at an urgent-care facility in Mesa.
He was asked whether he could live with himself if his children, who aren't vaccinated, infected this girl with measles, and it led to a serious illness.
"I could live with myself easily," Wolfson said. "It's an unfortunate thing that people die, but people die. And I'm not going to put my child at risk to save another child."
According to CNN, Wolfson also said it's "very likely that her leukemia is from vaccinations in the first place."
Responses like this are apparently what have led to the complaints against Wolfson. The Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners doesn't release a lot of details about ongoing investigations, but we're told the complaints are recent.
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The investigation could lead to hearings before the board, which could lead to a range of discipline, if the allegations are substantiated.
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