Thank you, Mr. Chairman. When the polio and measles vaccine became available for the first time, parents lined up to make sure their kids would be protected. They’ve lived in a world of infectious diseases that destroyed children’s futures and they desperately wanted to leave that world behind. These vaccines work so well that the memory of these diseases has faded, and the importance of vaccination has become less obvious. Last month, the Pew Research Center report found that while nearly 80% of baby boomers and seniors believe vaccines should be mandatory, only 59% of people under 30 hold that belief. And now measles is back. So Dr. Schuchat, you’re the top immunization official in the United States. I just want to walk through the science on this with you. Is there any scientific evidence that vaccines cause autism? No. Is there is there any scientific evidence that vaccines cause profound mental disorders? No, but some of the diseases we vaccinate against can. The diseases can, but not the vaccines. Is there any scientific evidence that vaccines have
contributed to the rise in allergies or autoimmune disorders among kids? No. Are there additives or preservatives in vaccines that can be toxic to kids? No. Not in the amounts that they’re in vaccines. Is there any scientific evidence that giving kids their vaccines farther apart or spacing them differently is healthier for kids? No, it actually increases the risk period for… So it adds to the danger. Is there any scientific evidence that kids can develop immunity to these diseases on their own simply by eating nutritious foods or being active? No. How do the risks of a child responding negatively to a vaccination compared with the risks of skipping vaccinations and risking exposure to a deadly disease? Vaccines are safe and highly effective, and it’s
important for parents to know they’re the best way to protect their kids. So I think every parent wants to protect their children. Parents should know that all of the credible scientific evidence suggests that modern vaccines are safe, modern vaccines are effective, and modern vaccines are our best chance of protecting our children from diseases that can kill them. Is that right? That’s right. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.