House Reps Introduce “Vaccines Save Lives”

California House Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Tom Marino (R-PA) introduced the bipartisan “Vaccines Save Lives” resolution (H. Res. 327), recognizing the importance of vaccines and immunizations in the United States. The resolution sends a message of unequivocal Congressional support for vaccines and urges parents, in consultation with their health care provider, to follow scientific evidence and the consensus of medical experts in favor of timely vaccination for the well-being of their children and surrounding communities.

“The scientific and medical communities agree – vaccines are both safe and effective and there is no evidence to suggest that vaccines cause life-threatening or disabling diseases,” said Rep. Schiff. “Vaccines have saved millions of lives worldwide and prevented suffering for millions more. The importance of vaccinating your children cannot be overstated.”

“Vaccines have been proven to be safe and are an important tool in fighting the spread of disease and saving countless lives,” Rep. Marino said. “This resolution reaffirms my support for the use of vaccines for our children to ensure that they can grow up and live healthy and prosperous lives.”

The Vaccines Save Lives resolution rejects unfounded and debunked theories about the dangers of vaccines and recognizes that scientifically sound education and outreach campaigns about vaccination and immunization are fundamental for a well-informed public.

The resolution is endorsed and supported by leaders in the medical community, including the American Medical Association, Adult Vaccine Access Coalition, Children’s Hospital Association, Every Child By Two, and March of Dimes.

Below is a summary of the resolution which is taken directly from the resolution:

“Whereas encouraging high vaccination rates in the United States protects our citizens from contracting vaccine-preventable diseases that are pandemic in countries with low vaccination and immunization rates;

“Whereas routine and upto-date immunization is the most effective method available to prevent the infection and transmission of potentially fatal diseases;

“Whereas the United States has been a leader in promoting vaccinations around the world through U.S. Agency for International Development, the Center for Disease Control, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and a host of other multilateral and non-governmental organizations;

“Therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives–

(1) Commends the international community, global and domestic health organizations, the private sector, school and community leaders, and faith-based organizations for their tireless work and immense contributions to bolstering our global and domestic health through vaccination;

(2) Affirms vaccines and immunizations save lives and are essential to maintain the

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