Public needs to know vaccines are safe, docs say

CHICAGO (AP) -- A new coalition of 22 major medical groups says public confidence in vaccine safety needs to be restored to avoid risks for deadly disease outbreaks.

Their concern stems from recent measles outbreaks in several cities. About 131 children have gotten the measles this year -- the highest number in more than a decade.

Recent government data show that more than 77 percent of U.S. toddlers have gotten all their recommended shots. The doctor groups say that means about one-fourth of toddlers aren't getting the shots they need.

Thursday's message comes from the Chicago-based American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and 20 more of the nation's most influential health-related groups.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Debi Haney Location: Knoxville, TN on Sep 22, 2008 at 10:08 AM
    I am tired of WVLT only reporting one side of the vaccine/autism issue. This is a multi-faceted issue. There are plenty of studies that come out each week highlighting vaccine/autism concerns, yet WVLT only chooses to report those promoting vaccine safety. You are not providing biased coverage to your viewers. Note, I'm not saying whether or not vaccines are/are not safe, what I'm saying is that both sides need to be heard and as a news organization you should have a strong desire to see that happening. Why doesn't WVLT?

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