The leading U.S. science and engineering organizations developed a list of 14 science policy questions facing the U.S. in 2012. You can read these questions–and the Presidential candidates’ answers–at ScienceDebate.org.
For each of the Science Debate 2012 questions, we’re going to provide you a selection of the authoritative and unbiased resources of the National Academies to help inform your response to the candidates’ answers. Today, we’re looking at this ScienceDebate question on Vaccinations and Public Health:
Vaccination campaigns against preventable diseases such as measles, polio and whooping cough depend on widespread participation to be effective, but in some communities vaccination rates have fallen off sharply. What actions would you support to enforce vaccinations in the interest of public health, and in what circumstances should exemptions be allowed?
How would you respond? Download these reports for free at NAP.edu or purchase a print copy to read.
Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality892 pages | Hardcover | Price: $71.95
In 1900, for every 1,000 babies born in the United States, 100 would die before their first birthday, often due to infectious diseases. Today, vaccines exist for many viral and bacterial diseases. The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, passed in 1986, was… [more]
Immunization Safety Review: Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine and Autism102 pages | Paperback | Price: $25.20
Immunization is widely regarded as one of the most effective and beneficial tools for protecting the public’s health. In the United States, immunization programs have resulted in the eradication of smallpox, the elimination of polio, and the control and near… [more]
Priorities for the National Vaccine Plan368 pages | Paperback | Price: $51.30
Vaccination is a fundamental component of preventive medicine and public health. The use of vaccines to prevent infectious diseases has resulted in dramatic decreases in disease, disability, and death in the United States and around the world. The current… [more]