Thursday, February 02, 2017

Most Americans Think the Benefits of the MMR Vaccine Outweigh Risks

Central Park, New York by Stephen Wiltshire

"Among his first acts as President-elect, Donald Trump signaled his interest in establishing a presidential committee on vaccine safety and scientific integrity, headed by Robert Kennedy Jr., a lawyer known for arguing that a preservative used in some vaccines causes neurological disorders. This is a position at odds with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations which evaluate the safety of childhood vaccines.

"(...)Public concerns about the safety of the MMR vaccine have been percolating since at least 1998 when a research study – later discredited –suggested that MMR vaccines were associated with autism." Read the article: Most Americans Think the Benefits of the MMR Vaccine Outweigh Risks - Some groups still have concerns, however, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. By Cary Funk on February 2, 2017 Scientific American

Related article: "(...)Environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who suggests inoculations are linked to autism, met last week with Trump to discuss a panel to examine what Kennedy called “vaccine safety and scientific integrity.” Although the autism–vaccine claim has been studied and debunked, the president-elect has also suggested a connection. His team later hedged about the panel, saying that nothing had been decided. (Kennedy’s office declined an interview request.)" Continue reading: Proposed Presidential Autism–Vaccine Panel Could Help Spread Disease - Committee mentioned in a Trump meeting last week could scare people away from protective immunizations, scientists say. By John McQuaid on January 19, 2017 Scientific American

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