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AAPS Opposes Mandatory Vaccines

Monday, 03 November 2008 18:57

The Association of American Physicians & Surgeons, Inc. ("AAPS"), founded in 1943, is a nationwide group of thousands of physicians. We oppose the proposed mandate for vaccination against chickenpox.

Prior to the development of the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, the disease was widely recognized to be one of the most benign illnesses. For example, Encyclopedia of Medicine of the American Medical Association stated in 1989 that chickenpox is a "common and mild infectious disease of childhood" and that "all healthy children should be exposed to chickenpox . at an age at which it is no more than an inconvenience." Likewise, the American Academy of Pediatrics declared in a 1996 brochure that "[m]ost children who are otherwise healthy and get chickenpox won't have any complications from the disease."

Indeed, the chickenpox fatality rate is among the lowest of all known diseases, with only about 100 dying out of millions who contract chickenpox each year. Moreover, most of those fatalities are in adults rather than children. For example, a study published in the British Medical Journal on July 27, 2002, confirmed that 81% of the deaths attributable to chickenpox over a recent 12-year period in Britain were adults, not children.