Vaccines are safe and effective, and claims otherwise “have been disproven by a robust body of medical literature,” hundreds of state and national health organizations wrote in a letter to President Donald Trump last week.
In statements he made in his private life and on the 2016 campaign trail, Trump has been skeptical of vaccines. He stoked concerns of vaccine supporters again after winning the election when vocal vaccine critic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said he had agreed to “chair a commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity” at the then-president-elect’s request.
The letter, from organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association, calls for a redoubling of efforts at the national level in the area of vaccines.
A version of this article appeared in the February 15, 2017 edition of Education Week as Health Groups Assure Trump That Vaccines Are Safe