AAFP Fights Anti-Vaccination Movement

Monday, October 5, 2015

Statement attributable to:
Wanda Filer, MD
American Academy of Family Physicians

“The American Academy of Family Physicians just took a bold step forward in the battle against the anti-vaccination movement.

“We passed a new policy statement, titled “Immunization Exemptions.” It reads as follows: The AAFP supports immunization of infants, children, adolescents and adults as defined by recommendations set forth in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and approved by the AAFP. With the exception of policies which allow for refusal due to a documented allergy or medical contraindication, the AAFP does not support immunization exemption policies.

“In the last few years, we’ve seen more and more people recklessly forgo vaccinations. Some people even refuse to vaccinate their children. In doing so, they put everyone around them at risk. Enough is enough. Science has settled this issue. Not only are vaccines safe, they save lives.”

Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Filer, contact Megan Moriarty, 800-274-2237, Ext. 5223, or mmoriarty@aafp.org.



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