Statements In Support of Vaccines From Major Science and Medical Organizations

American Medical Association-  “Addressing the re-emergence of vaccine preventable diseases in the United States requires states to move toward barring non-medical exemptions to immunization mandates, according to new policy adopted by the nation’s physicians at the American Medical Association’s annual meeting. Under new policy, the AMA will seek more stringent state immunization requirements to allow exemptions only for medical reasons.

Immunization programs in the Unites States are credited with having controlled or eliminated the spread of epidemic diseases, including smallpox, measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria and polio.” (http://tinyurl.com/pr7lwex)

American Academy of Pediatrics- “Vaccines save lives and protect against the spread of disease. If you decide not to immunize your child, you put your child at risk. Your child could catch a disease that is dangerous or deadly. Getting vaccinated is much better than getting the disease… Vaccines are safe.” (http://tinyurl.com/pvo2ofo)

World Health Organization- “Immunization prevents deaths every year in all age groups from diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), and measles. It is one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions. Immunization not only protects children from vaccine-preventable diseases. It also serves as an opportunity to deliver other life-saving measures, such as vitamin A supplements to prevent malnutrition, insecticide-treated nets for protection against malaria and deworming medicine for intestinal worms. In addition, the benefits of immunization are increasingly being extended across the life course to include adolescents and adults, providing protection against life-threatening diseases such as influenza, meningitis, and cancers that occur in adulthood.” (http://tinyurl.com/qcz6jxx)

American College of Physicians- “The ACP Board of Regents said it supports: the immunization of all children, adolescents, and adults, according to the recommendations and standards established by the U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state laws designed to promote all recommended immunizations, and states passing legislation to eliminate any existing exemptions, except for medical reasons, from their immunization laws.” (http://tinyurl.com/o2nsk5b)

The California Medical Association- “Immunizations have been a cornerstone of medical advancements in this century, eliminating the fear of death and permanent disability from diseases that once threatened communities across the world,” (http://tinyurl.com/nog2bpc)

The National Academy of Sciences- “Immunization to protect children and adults from infectious diseases is one of the greatest achievements of public health… The committee concludes that the body of epidemiological evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism.” (http://tinyurl.com/pe28a8e)

The American Association for the Advancement of Science- “A 2014 survey from the Pew Research Center found 86 percent of scientists with the American Association for the Advancement of Science think childhood vaccines should be mandatory.” (http://tinyurl.com/p4d5h98)

National Institutes of Health- “Vaccines provide safe, cost-effective, and efficient means of preventing illness, disability, and death from infectious diseases. NIAID conducts and supports research on new and improved vaccines and is a worldwide leader in the basic immunology research that underpins all vaccine research and development.” (http://tinyurl.com/3ypusvv)

National Health Service (UK)- “Vaccination is one of the greatest breakthroughs in modern medicine. No other medical intervention has done more to save lives and improve quality of life.” (http://tinyurl.com/qesa23u)

The American Association of Immunologists- “Vaccines improve individual and public health not only by preventing disease in those who are vaccinated but also by helping to protect those who are unable to be vaccinated, including newborns, children with leukemia, and children and adults with compromised immune systems. This protection is due to a phenomenon known as herd immunity, which occurs in a community where immunization has reached a critical mass, such that most members of the community are protected because there are fewer opportunities for an outbreak. Research has repeatedly confirmed that vaccinations are safe and highly effective for all healthy children and adults,6 and any suggestions to the contrary have been discredited. Ongoing vaccine research continually reaffirms its safety and efficacy, including the number of vaccines administered at any one time and the recommended vaccination schedule.”(http://tinyurl.com/ptnlkcf)

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