Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin says that he intentionally exposed his children to chickenpox so that they would catch the disease and become immune.
In an interview, Bevin said that his kids were “miserable for a few days” after contracting the contagious disease, but all eventually recovered. He and his wife have nine children, four of whom were adopted. The governor told parents that if they are worried about chickenpox, they should vaccinate them, but it is not the government’s job to mandate it.
The state of Kentucky requires all children entering kindergarten to be vaccinated against chickenpox, but provides religious exemptions.