Physician groups brace for vaccine questions amid Trump presidency
Since the election, there are reports of anti-vaccination groups reigniting efforts, with a march already planned for later this month in Washington.
AAFP joined with a number of other healthcare organizations in sending a letter to Trump in February declaring support of vaccines.
“We have two concerns. One is just this fostering of anti-science sentiment that’s taking place in the country. It’s not owned by the Trump administration. There’s a whole movement,” Martin said. “The way I frame it is, it’s a dangerous trend when we have large portions of our population and elected leaders casting a skeptical eye on proven science.”
The other concern, he said, is the fear practitioners are facing over the public health outbreaks that could result and what that means to individuals and communities.
“There’s a growing concern that there’s going to be a public health outbreak and that the states and this administration are ill-equipped to handle it,” Martin said. “We’re doing a lot of education and paying very close attention.”