Two Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences faculty members were interviewed for a story on vaccine safety, New York State’s ban on religious exemptions and a lawsuit that has been filed against it. “Of all the medical treatments that we use to prevent and treat disease, vaccines are by far the safest of all interventions,” said Thomas A. Russo, MD
, professor of medicine
and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases
. He added that there have been more than 10 high-quality studies and an Institute of Medicine panel, all of which found no connection between the measles/mumps/rubella vaccine (MMR) and autism. Dennis Z. Kuo, MD
, associate professor of pediatrics
and chief of the Division of General Pediatrics
, said that resistance against vaccinating children is rooted in fear. “Any fear out there needs to be addressed through rational debate or science,” he said.