GOP Lawmakers Push Back Against ‘False Rumors’ Promoted By Anti-Vaccine Movement
WASHINGTON — Republicans on a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Tuesday broke with the vaccine skepticism expressed by some of their potential 2016 presidential candidates, using a hearing with top medical experts to push back against myths surrounding vaccinations.
“False rumors still exist that vaccines and a preservative for multi-dose vaccines — which once used a microscopic amount of mercury as a preservative to prevent bacteria growth — led to autism. There is no credible evidence to support that claim,” said Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), chair of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.
“This is far too serious an issue to be treated as a political football. People still die from measles,” agreed Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.). “When I hear about counties in California that have lower immunization rates than the Sudan and Chad, this is something of concern to me.”
The committee’s hearing was technically supposed to be about the flu vaccine. But with so much attention on measles lately, some members used the occasion to look more generally at the issue of vaccination.