Health organizations urge Trump to back vaccine science

Health organizations urge Trump to back vaccine science
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More than 300 medical and health groups have signed on to a letter to President Trump reaffirming their support for vaccines. 

In the letter organized by the American Academy of Pediatrics this week, the groups ask to meet with Trump to discuss evidence supporting vaccine safety and effectiveness.

The request follows a meeting Trump had last month with noted vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

“Claims that vaccines are unsafe when administered according to expert recommendations have been disproven by a robust body of medical literature,” the letter reads.

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“Delaying vaccines only leaves our nation’s citizens at risk of disease, particularly children.”

Trump has said before he believes vaccines can be linked to autism, a claim that medical experts have repeatedly debunked.

The letter notes that vaccines are the “safest and most cost-effective way” of preventing disease, disability and death.

“Delaying vaccines only leaves our nation’s citizens at risk of disease, particularly children,” the letter reads.

“As a nation we should redouble our efforts to make needed investments in patient and family education about the important of vaccines in order to increase the rate of vaccination among all populations. Put simply: Vaccines are safe. Vaccines are effective. Vaccines save lives.”