For Immediate Release: September 17, 2015                         
Media contacts: Jamie Poslosky (202-724-3301; jposlosky@aap.org)
                            Susan Stevens Martin (847-434-7131; ssmartin@aap.org

 

American Academy of Pediatrics Reiterates Safety and Importance of Vaccines
by: Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP, Executive Director, American Academy of Pediatrics

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics would like to correct false statements made during the Republican presidential debate last night regarding vaccines. 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.”