April 2017 IAC webinar on “Vaccines and the New Administration”

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) and other vaccine advocacy organizations are not only turning a blind eye towards concerns for vaccine safety but are actively circling the wagons while beefing up public relations (PR) intended to stifle discussion. These PR efforts are on revealing display in an April 2017 IAC webinar (below) on “Vaccines and the New Administration” that unsurprisingly singles out the activities of the Children’s Health Defense and its Chairman, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.  Expressing equal parts alarm and disdain, the AAP rhetorically asks, “Vaccine safety: here we go again…?”

The 317 Coalition: April 2017 IAC Presentation

The 317 Coalition derives its name from Section 317 of the Public Health Service Act, which authorizes federal purchases of vaccines. The 317 Coalition’s organizational members include vaccine manufacturers. The Coalition’s “sole” focus is advocacy for increased Section 317 funding. Federal vaccine purchases currently depend on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for over half of their funds, giving rise to Coalition worries about what might happen with an ACA modification or repeal. The 317 Coalition is staffed by Cornerstone Government Affairs—a PR firm based in Washington, DC, that specializes in “federal and state government relations” and “strategic communications.” Mark Mioduski, one of Cornerstone’s senior founding partners, presented webinar content on behalf of the Coalition.

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Every Child by Two: April 2017 IAC Presentation

Every Child by Two  works to “share [the] value of vaccines with federal and state legislators” and generate vaccine safety “talking points”. The webinar presenter, Amy Pisani, is ECBT’s Executive Director, spoke on ECBT efforts to address vaccine hesitancy and share the value of vaccines with Federal and State legislators.

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American Academy of Pediatrics — April 2017 IAC Presentation

The “Vaccine Challenges in a New Administration” slides presented by the AAP  give clear insights into the efforts under way to shut down any questions regarding vaccine safety. Although the AAP also briefly considered two other perceived threats to the vaccine program—1) candidate Trump’s legitimate questioning of vaccine safety and timing and 2) citizen pressures on Congress to hold hearings on vaccines—Kennedy and Children’s Health Defense garnered fully one third (3/9) of the AAP’s slides.

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