AMA weighs in on creation of new commission on vaccine safety

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The American Medical Association (AMA) distributed the following statement that is attributable AMA Board of Trustees Chair Patrice A. Harris, M.D., on January 10…

“[AMA] fully supports the overwhelming evidence that vaccines are among the most effective and safest interventions to both prevent individual illness and protect the health of the public. We are deeply concerned that creating a new commission on vaccine safety would cause unnecessary confusion and adversely impact parental decision-making and immunization practices. The U.S. has a long-standing system for ensuring the ongoing development, safety, and efficacy of vaccines. The AMA will continue its work to promote public understanding and confidence in the use of vaccines in order to prevent resurgence in vaccine-preventable illnesses and deaths.”