Donald Trump is not just wrong about vaccines, he is dangerous

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Donald Trump’s position as a credible member of the Republican party and as a self-avowed anti-government crusader means that his statements on the safety and efficacy of vaccines, however absurd, are persuasive to a not-inconsequential number of people. Continued politicization of science and medical issues in this manner is not just wrong, but dangerous. Karen Remley, Executive Director of the American Academy of Pediatrics​ has issued a rebuttal.

“The American Academy of Pediatrics would like to correct false statements made during the Republican presidential debate last night regarding vaccin​es. Claims that vaccines are linked to autism, or are unsafe when administered according to the recommended schedule, have been disproven by a robust body of medical literature. It is dangerous to public health to suggest otherwise.

There is no ‘alternative’ immunization schedule. Delaying vaccines only leaves a child at risk of disease for a longer period of time; it does not make vaccinating safer.

Vaccines work, plain and simple. Vaccines are one of the safest, most effective and most important medical innovations of our time. Pediatricians partner with parents to provide what is best for their child, and what is best is for children to be fully vaccinated.”

Read more at: https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/pages/American-Academy-of-Pediatrics-Reiterates-Safety-and-Importance-of-Vaccines.aspx#sthash.TnkM8gOe.dpuf

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