• Measles: Dangerous, Contagious and Preventable

    Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019

    Statement attributable to:
    John Cullen, MD
    American Academy of Family Physicians

    Vaccines are safe, effective and they save lives. Science proves there is no link between vaccines and autism. As each outbreak of a preventable infectious disease like measles unfolds, family physicians and our colleagues in the medical community fight to keep the public safe and combat the damage that fake news unleashes. Evidence-based science is the key to understanding the necessity and effectiveness of vaccines. Immunizations are among the most cost-effective and successful way to keep the public healthy.

    According to the CDC, the majority of people who contract measles are unvaccinated, so make sure you and your family get vaccinated.

    Family physicians provide vaccinations to children and adults every day to prevent infectious diseases that have the potential to be devastating and deadly. The American Academy of Family Physicians supports immunization of infants, children, adolescents and adults. And each year, the AAFP and the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices collaborate to develop recommendations for the routine use of vaccines in children, adolescents, and adults in the United States.

    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.



    Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents 134,600 physicians and medical students nationwide, and it is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

    Family physicians conduct approximately one in five of the total medical office visits in the United States per year – more than any other specialty. Family physicians provide comprehensive, evidence-based, and cost-effective care dedicated to improving the health of patients, families and communities. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing and personal patient-physician relationship where the family physician serves as the hub of each patient’s integrated care team. More Americans depend on family physicians than on any other medical specialty.

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