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Spokane city councilman Mike Fagan asked to resign

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Spokane city councilman Mike Fagan is being asked to resign from the Spokane Regional Health Board because of comments questioning the science behind vaccines and saying the illegal immigrants are to blame for the comeback of some infectious diseases. Spokane city councilman Mike Fagan is being asked to resign from the Spokane Regional Health Board because of comments questioning the science behind vaccines and saying the illegal immigrants are to blame for the comeback of some infectious diseases.
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Spokane city councilman Mike Fagan is being asked to resign from the Spokane Regional Health Board because of comments questioning the science behind vaccines and saying the illegal immigrants are to blame for the comeback of some infectious diseases.Fagan says he's not going to resign, and says he isn't forcing his personal opinion on anyone.

On Thursday, council members will give Fagan a letter asking him to reconsider or clarify his comments.If he doesn't, he may be forced out of the health board."The council will have to reconsider his appointment if he doesn't recant or resign from the board," said Spokane city council president Ben Stuckart.

"My initial response is no I'm not going to resign. I don't think there's any justification at this point to resign," said councilman Mark Fagan.On Fagan's Facebook page, he credits the comeback of infectious diseases to the 'influx of illegal aliens.' In the last 24 months we've had this influx of accompanied illegal children, and it has been documented in the underground media, the main street media, that they brought with them the likes of tuberculosis, polio, and other types of diseases that have already previously been eradicated here in the United States," said Fagan.

Spokane health officials say vaccines are the best way to fight contagious diseases."Certainly vaccines have a well proven record of safety and effectiveness against a wide variety of infectious diseases," said Dr. Joel McCullough from the Spokane Regional Health District.

Now, council members are asking Fagan to step down from the board. "It's dangerous to be spreading misinformation and lies when you're listened to as a board of health member," said Stuckart.

"I'm not going to resign. So I will ask the council to allow me five to ten days to put together an idea of what is and where it is that I am coming from and that will be that," said Fagan.

Council members will hold a special meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 at City Hall where Fagan will be given the letter. The meeting is open to the public.

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