Activists who reject the science supporting vaccinations held a march and rally today in Washington, D.C., labeled the Revolution for Truth.
The morning march drew a crowd of about 50 people outside the White House on Friday morning.
The rally, which was originally planned to organize on Capitol Hill, reconvened at a hotel near the White House due to inclement weather. About 200 “awakened” vaccine advocates attended the rally, including members of anti-vaccine and anti-GMO organizations like Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.‘s World Mercury Project, March Against Monsanto, A Voice for Choice, and several other parent-led organizations.
The rally included remarks from familiar anti-vaccine individuals, including Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the National Vaccine Information Center, Del Bigtree, the producer of Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe, and Tony Muhammad, of the Nation of Islam.
RFK Jr. gave a speech in which he accused the government, drug companies, and media of covering up the alleged link between vaccines and autism. Kennedy did not mention the possible commission on vaccine safety, which he was reportedly asked by President Donald Trump to lead prior to Trump’s inauguration.
The only mainstream media reporter covering the day’s events was Rebecca Robins of STAT News. Robbins live tweeted during the rally and continues to be a strong advocate for the science behind vaccines.
Two measles cases were confirmed in the United States this week - one in Michigan and one in Nebraska.
The case in Michigan marks the first in the state this year, and is reportedly “related to exposure during international travel,” according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The patient, a resident of Southeast Michigan, is hospitalized and recovering, according to health officials.
Michigan confirmed only one measles case in the state last year.
A measles case was also confirmed in eastern Nebraska in a patient who travelled between Minneapolis and Omaha earlier this month. The patient had reportedly received one dose of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine - short of the recommended two.
“Those most at risk of being infected with the measles are people who have had no doses or only one dose of MMR vaccine or who have not had the measles,” Said Dr. Tom Safranek, State Epidemiologist for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
As of February 25 of this year, 21 measles cases have been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Influenza vaccination was associated with reduced risk of laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated pediatric death. Increasing influenza vaccination could prevent influenza-associated deaths among children and adolescents.
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Mothers who received seasonal TIV during pregnancy were significantly less likely to experience stillbirth compared with unvaccinated mothers. These results support the safety of seasonal influenza immunization during pregnancy and suggest a protective effect.