Enid pediatrician alleges defamation by Tulsa doctor, political group for her stance on vaccinations
The filing of a defamation lawsuit by an Oklahoma pediatrician against both a Tulsa physician and Oklahomans for Vaccine and Health Choice, a political action committee that campaigns against compulsory vaccinations, made headlines in the December 23, 2016, edition of the Tulsa World. In the lawsuit, Dr. Eve Switzer alleges that the defendants libeled her by distributing a news release that “deliberately misquoted and omitted material facts” from a column she wrote that appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of OK Pediatrician, a publication of the Oklahoma Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics. In its news release, Oklahomans for Vaccine and Health Choice alleged that Switzer administered flu vaccines to children without their parents’ knowledge.
“Dr. Switzer’s complete statement — from which OVHC was purporting to quote — did not state that Dr. Switzer does not obtain informed consent before administering flu vaccines,” stated McAfee & Taft trial lawyer Christopher Scaperlanda, Switzer’s attorney, in the lawsuit petition. “Dr. Switzer in fact stated that she does obtain informed consent before administering all vaccines.”
The case was filed in Tulsa County District Court.