Will 2017 be the year the anti-vaccination movement goes mainstream? – Los Angeles Times

As hard as it is to believe, a medical marvel that has saved countless millions of children from illness and death is under assault. And anti-vaccination activists may have found a powerful ally in the next president of the United States.

During the campaign, President-elect Donald Trump said he supported vaccines, but he also recounted a story about a 2-year-old who “just the other day” was immunized and then came down with a fever and is now autistic. He didn’t say that vaccines cause autism, but he sure hinted at it. This is the classic tactic of anti-vaccination advocates, who have no credible research to back up their suspicion that childhood immunizations cause a whole host of “vaccination injuries” ranging from autism to death.

Recounting a suggestive anecdote is one thing, but will Trump go so far as undermine the success of the country’s vaccination program? Maybe. Earlier this week, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., son of the late U.S. attorney general and noted vaccination skeptic, said the PEOTUS asked him to head up a commission on vaccination safety. Perhaps Trump was merely humoring Kennedy. A commission? Yeah, yeah, sure, Bobby, whatever you want. A spokeswoman for Trump did say he was “exploring the possibility.”

“We ought to be debating the science,” Kennedy said after visiting with Trump this week. Debating settled science? How does that work? The one study that did find a link has been soundly discredited. Still this idea of a vast medical conspiracy involving Big Pharma and legislators to sell dangerous vaccinations to unsuspecting parents persists.

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