ACIP Updates and Reasons to Dismiss Vaccine Conspiracy Theories

Find out what you might have missed at the February 2014 ACIP meeting held this week.

Shot of Prevention

While the majority of people support immunizations and recognize their value in reducing the incidence of disease around the world, there are a handful of people who cling to the preposterous idea that some big vaccine conspiracy exists that will lead the “sheeple” to their doom.  They claim conspirators include doctors, scientists, pharmaceutical companies and government agencies.  However, by familiarizing ourselves with the reporting structure of immunization related agencies, and the way in which vaccine recommendations and policies are developed and disseminated (as outlined in the image below) it’s easy to see the value of our current policies and procedures and dismiss these conspiracy claims.

One important part of the puzzle is the work of The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).  Having recently returned from the latest ACIP meeting, I can honestly say that the committee is an impressive group of medical and public health experts who are committed to making decisions that are in the best interest of the American public.   Not only do they develop recommendations on how to use vaccines to control diseases…

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