Top Pa. health official fights back against vaccine myths

Justin Udo
March 07, 2019 - 4:00 am


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Officials in Pennsylvania are stressing the importance of immunization shots following a U.S. Senate hearing that brought them into question.

Texas Sen. Rand Paul says national vaccination requirements are a danger to liberty.

But Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania's secretary of health, sees things differently.

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"That seems to me, and my fellow pediatricians, to be completely wrong," Levine said. 

In a video statement, Dr. Levine shared why she thinks vaccinations work and why people should continue to get them. 

"I want to make it very clear that childhood immunizations, adult immunizations such as the measles vaccine are safe, and they are effective in preventing very serious illnesses and they have been a public health victory," Levine said. 

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She says a lot of myths and untruths about vaccines can be dangerous.

"We have the anti-vaxxer groups which have been exposing misinformation and misleading parents and communities," Levine said. 

Levine adds she, along with her colleagues, will continue to push for people to get vaccinated to help ensure enough of the population is immunized to keep outbreaks from happening.