More Than 350 Organizations Just Co-Wrote a Letter to Donald Trump About Vaccines
It’s not every day that U.S. medical organizations, non-profits, advocacy groups, and professional organizations come together to write a letter to the President.
When it’s more than 350 of these organizations coming together, you know it’s a serious concern.
"Dear Mr. President: On behalf of organizations representing families, providers, researchers, patients, and consumers, we write to express our unequivocal support for the safety of vaccines."
The letter was spearheaded by the American Academy of Pediatrics in response to the growing worry about President Trump’s view about vaccines. Not only has he tweeted anti-vax ideas in the past, but also recently met with notorious anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. about a potential commission on autism and vaccines.
"Globally, vaccines prevent the deaths of roughly 2.5 million children per year."
While President Trump has yet to institute any formal policy or commissions that are anti-vax, it has put the medical community on alert – culminating in this letter that includes signatures from the American Medical Association, Easter Seals, Autism Speaks, March of Dimes, and hundreds more.
"And, data shows that just for children born in the United States in 2009, routine childhood immunizations will prevent approximately 42,000 early deaths and 20 million cases of disease with savings of more than $82 billion in societal costs."
It’s a strong and clearly argued letter that is well worth the read, and succinctly shows the incredible scientific, economic, and political evidence for the importance of vaccines in the US and around the world.
"Put simply: Vaccines are safe. Vaccines are effective. Vaccines save lives. Our organizations welcome the opportunity to meet with you to share the robust, extensive scientific evidence supporting vaccine safety and effectiveness."