NAS, NAE, and NAM Presidents Highlight Facts on Vaccine Safety in Light of Measles Outbreaks

8 March, 2019

From the Presidents of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Medicine (US).

Read online: https://mailchi.mp/nas/based-on-science-vaccines-are-safe?e=dfa3c7ef65

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The current measles outbreaks in the United States and elsewhere are being fueled by misinformation about the safety of vaccines. To help counter such misinformation, we created a website that provides clear, concise, and evidence-based answers to questions about vaccine safety and other commonly asked questions about health and science as identified through our partnership with Google.

The evidence base includes a number of our studies examining vaccine access, safety, scheduling, and possible side effects. Our work has validated that the science is clear � vaccines are extremely safe.

Given our shared congressional mandate to advise the nation, we are compelled to draw attention to these facts in order to inform better decision-making at a time when it is urgently needed to protect the health of communities in our country and around the world. Furthermore, we call on our professional colleagues everywhere to share these facts as widely as possible. Please consider sharing our social media posts on your own accounts through the links below.

Marcia McNutt

President, National Academy of Sciences

C. D. Mote, Jr.

President, National Academy of Engineering

Victor J. Dzau

President, National Academy of Medicine

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Best wishes, Neil

Coordinator, HIFA Project on Information for Citizens, Parents and Children:

http://www.hifa.org/projects/citizens-parents-and-children

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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 19,000 members in 177 countries, interacting on six global forums in four languages. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG neil@hifa.org