The AMA held there 2017 AMA Annual Meeting in Chicago this week. While doing so, they adopted a set of new policies aimed at protecting children’s health, at least from their perspective. The main concern seemed to be vaccines. They strongly suggest that society has become to lenient towards vaccine skeptics and now the AMA wants to make clear that they plan to push back even harder. Including against President Donald Trump and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who earlier in the year established what is known as the Vaccine Safety Commission.

The AMA adopted a 4 point policy.

  • Supports the rigorous scientific process of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices as well as its development of recommended immunization schedules for the nation.
  • Recognizes the substantial body of scientific evidence that has disproven a link between vaccines and autism.
  • Opposes the creation of a new federal commission on vaccine safety whose task is to study an association between autism and vaccines. 

That last bullet point is especially concerning when we talk about common sense and practical approaches to medicine in general. It becomes difficult to digest why we’d remove our own scientific ability to improve our medicine’s safety and allow all of that power to fall into the hands of the pharmaceutical companies.

“The AMA fully supports the overwhelming body of evidence and rigorous scientific process used by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices which demonstrate vaccines are among the most effective and safest interventions to both prevent individual illness and protect the health of the public,” William E. Kobler, MD said in a statement. Dr. Kobler is a member of the AMA Board of Trustees.

“We are deeply concerned that creating a new federal commission on vaccine safety to study the already disproven association between autism and vaccines would cause unnecessary confusion and adversely impact parental decision-making and immunization practices,” Dr. Kobler added. “The United States has a long-standing system for ensuring the ongoing development, safety, and efficacy of vaccines.”

“The AMA will continue its work to promote public understanding and confidence in the use of vaccines in order to prevent resurgence in vaccine-preventable illnesses and deaths,” concluded Dr. Kobler.

There needs to be more clarity than is given here. For instance, are they claiming that the the Vaccine Safety Commission is an expected fraud or biased network aiming to take down vaccines? If so, show supporting evidence. It sounds to me that the vaccine industry is using the AMA as a proxy to shut down further examination into vaccine safety. We can say “all vaccines have been tested, we’ve been down that road,” but would that stand true with all medicine? Of course now. Because medicine changes. The vaccine industry has exploded, there are constantly new vaccines being created. Are we to just depend on pharma to test their own safety? That seems like a tragic miscarriage of policy.

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