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Vaccines are Safe!

"The current measles outbreaks in the United States and elsewhere are being fueled by misinformation about the safety of vaccines," according to warnings issued recently from the Presidents of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

To help counter such misinformation, the Academies created a website that provides clear, concise, and evidence-based answers to questions about vaccine safety and other commonly asked questions about health and science as identified through our partnership with Google.

The evidence base includes a number of our studies examining vaccine access, safety, scheduling, and possible side effects. Our work has validated that the science is clear – vaccines are extremely safe, the Academies Presidents continued in their warning statement.

Given our shared congressional mandate to advise the nation, we are compelled to draw attention to these facts in order to inform better decision-making at a time when it is urgently needed to protect the health of communities in our country and around the world. Furthermore, we call on our professional colleagues everywhere to share these facts as widely as possible, they added.