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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Public Needs to Know Vaccines Are Safe, Docs Say

The Washingtong Post reports that a new coalition of 22 major medical groups says public confidence in vaccine safety needs to be restored to avoid risks for deadly disease outbreaks. The Washington Post writes,

Measles_vaccineThursday's message comes from the Chicago-based American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and 20 more of the nation's most influential health-related groups.

Their concern stems from recent measles outbreaks in several U.S. cities. Last month, health officials said 131 children had gotten the measles so far this year _ the highest number in more than a decade. Nearly half of the cases involved children whose parents rejected vaccination and many of the cases were traced to outbreaks overseas.

"The ongoing measles outbreaks in several states are testimony that those who forgo vaccinations are vulnerable to infection from imported disease, and can pose a significant health risk for their communities," said AMA board member Dr. Ardis Hoven, an infectious disease specialist.

Recent government data show that more than 77 percent of U.S. toddlers have gotten all their recommended shots. The doctor groups said that means about one-fourth of toddlers aren't getting the shots they need.

The alliance said public health officials need to counteract campaigns by advocacy groups who believe vaccines can cause autism, despite scientific evidence to the contrary.

"We do not want to become a nation of people who are vulnerable to diseases that are deadly or that can have serious complications, especially if those diseases can be prevented," Dr. Renee Jenkins, the American Academy of Pediatrics' president, said in a statement.

The alliance suggests several ways to boost confidence in vaccines, including urging the government to create a public information campaign, and calling for more vaccine research.

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Public Needs to Know Vaccines Can Kill and Maim

Vaccines are safe? Tell that to my 40 pound 9 year old who quit growing the day he received a Hep B vaccine when he was 7.5 months old. He was a fat chubby happy baby, but that all changed 9/27/99 when he received his 3rd round of shots. He screamed on and off for 2 days, began to sweat beneath his head while he slept, had respiratory problems on and off for two years, all beginning after the shots. The drs could not find any possible cause but absolutely refused to even consider the vaccines as a possible cause. Wonder why that would be, because they are trained how "safe" these vaccines are and don't consider them when a child deteriorates following a round of them? I witnessed firsthand exactly how UNSAFE these vaccines are, and I will never allow another to be injected into any of my children. The public needs to know what a potential danger these vaccines really are. Stop trying to suppress the truth.

Posted by: question_vaccines | Sep 22, 2008 6:37:03 AM

Sure all vaccines are safe, except for the kids who have some bizarre reactions.

Posted by: Thomas Sharon, R.N., M.P.H | Sep 24, 2008 5:25:16 PM

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