'Vaccines save lives': 350 groups sign letter to President Trump
AlysonSulaski Wyckoff, Associate Editor
More than 350 medical, professional and advocacy organizations signed on to a letter
drafted by the Academy to President Donald Trump expressing "unequivocal support"
for the safety of vaccines.
The 28-page letter cites and abstracts more than 40 studies on vaccine safety and effectiveness. Co-signers
of the Feb. 7 letter represent every AAP chapter along with state and national medical,
research and advocacy groups, including the American Medical Association, the March
of Dimes and Autism Speaks.
"Vaccines protect the health of children and adults and save lives," the letter states.
"They prevent life-threatening diseases, including forms of cancer. Vaccines have
been part of the fabric of our society for decades and are one of the most significant
medical innovations of our time."
As the new administration takes shape, the Academy and others wanted to be on the
record early to demonstrate strong support for vaccines and the recommended immunization schedule.
The letter points out that despite successes, outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases
still occur. "As a nation, we should redouble our efforts to make needed investments
in patient and family education about the importance of vaccines ... to increase the
rate of vaccination among all populations," the letter concludes. "Put simply: Vaccines
are safe. Vaccines are effective. Vaccines save lives."