Response to Republican Presidential Candidates

Published on in CHOP News

During a nationally televised GOP debate on September 16, candidates including Donald Trump and Drs. Ben Carson and Rand Paul made various unsubstantiated claims about vaccine safety. These comments included endorsements of debunked beliefs related to:

  • Vaccines and autism
  • Spacing out, delaying or altering the recommended childhood immunization schedule
  • The notion that babies get too many vaccines too soon

Watch Dr. Paul Offit, Director of the Vaccine Education Center, answer these questions based on scientifically proven facts.


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