Saturday, August 24

MONDAY: the American Medical Association votes to support children who wish to override their anti-vax parents, at their annual meeting.

Notes related to anti-vax/vaccination from the AMA’s official annual meeting highlights:

1. Adolescents in 39 states must have their parents’ permission to get vaccinated. It ties in with prevalence.

The AMA says it’s driven by parents who are refusing to vaccinate their children, and that it’s troubling.

The prevalence of unvaccinated pediatric patients is troubling to physicians.

– AMA Board Member S. Bobby Mukkamala, MD

2. The AMA will work on drafting legislation to combat the anti-vaccination movement.

“Allowing mature minors to provide informed consent to vaccinations will ensure these patients can access this type of preventive care.”

– AMA Board Member S. Bobby Mukkamala, MD

AMA delegates adopted new policy to, “support state policies allowing minors to override their parent’s refusal for vaccinations,” as well as to “encourage state legislatures to establish comprehensive vaccine and minor consent policies.” Delegates directed the AMA to develop model legislation for mature minor consent to vaccinations.

3. The AMA is continuing to focus on misinformation.

Many children go unvaccinated as anti-vaccine related messages and advertisements target parents with misinformation.

– AMA Board Member S. Bobby Mukkamala, MD

It’s no surprise, too, as the anti-vax movement has been a more prominent focus of leading physicians from the AMA recently. In fact, in March, Executive Vice President and CEO James L. Madara, MD drafted a letter to six social media and tech company CEOs, urging them to crack down on misinformation, and, “ensure their users have access to accurate, timely, scientifically-sound information on vaccines.”

The letter’s recipients:
  • Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook
  • Ben Silbermann, Pinterest
  • Jeff Bezos, Amazon
  • Sundar Pichai, Google
  • Susan Wojcicki, YouTube
  • Jack Dorsey, Twitter
The letter’s major bits:

At a time when vaccine-preventable diseases, particularly measles, are reemerging in the United States and threatening communities and public health, physicians across the country are troubled by reports of anti-vaccine related messages and advertisements targeting parents searching for vaccine information on your platforms. As physicians, we are concerned that the proliferation of this type of health-related misinformation will undermine sound science, further decrease vaccinations, and persuade people to make medical decisions that could spark the spread of easily preventable diseases.

With public health on the line and with social media serving as a leading source of information for the American people, we urge you to do your part to ensure that users have access to scientifically valid information on vaccinations, so they can make informed decisions about their families’ health. We also urge you to make public your plans to ensure that users have access to accurate, timely, scientifically sound information on vaccines.

As evident from the measles outbreaks currently impacting communities in several states, when people decide not to be immunized as a matter of personal preference or misinformation, they put themselves and others at risk of disease. That is why it is extremely important that people who are searching for information about vaccination have access to accurate, evidence-based information grounded in science.

Thank you for your attention to this critical, public health matter. We look forward to hearing from you.

Despite the numbers being in our favor, it’s hard to be a Gen Z conservative. The Left systematically converts children into their own troops – a pawn to serve a purpose lasting no longer than an election cycle. But, with your help, we can stop them.


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