Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Trump’s Dangerous Support for Vaccine Skeptics

This article reports  terrifying new piece of news  - that President Trump has been meeting with vaccine skeptics, including Robert F Kennedy Jr, to discuss the possibility of developing a panel that will look into claims that vaccines result in neurological disorders (such as autism).
What’s striking about this is that this claim, that vaccines cause neurological disorders, originated with a 1998 study by Andrew Wakefield that has been proved to be fraudulent. It is simply horrifying that Trump is  essentially endorsing these unscientific findings. The President’s support of this pseudo-science could result in many people choosing not to vaccinate their children and would have significant public health impacts, particularly among immunocompromised people.  For instance, in CA, the highest numbers of whopping cough disease occurrences (whopping cough  had an outbreak in 2014) were in counties where vaccination rates were BELOW herd immunity. 
The article continued to describe successful PRO vaccination effort s- such as the CA state for passing legislation that eliminated personal belief from being a valid exemption that alowed unvaccinated kids to attend school, as this increases the prevalence of disease transmission. IHopefully, President Trump can get on board with this scientific fact rather than “fake news,” as aligning the US with scientific facts regarding vaccination would have significant and important public health effects. 

-Ashley Jowell
Source: http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Trump-s-dangerous-support-for-vaccine-skeptic-11021228.php

No comments: