In a statement released on Tuesday, Dr. Tenpenny says:
"I am disheartened that a small group of outspoken pro-vaccine activists in Australia would prevent parents from gaining information about vaccinations. It is difficult to grasp why pro-vaccine forces were so adamantly against informed choice. They have gone beyond blocking freedom of speech; they are forbidding freedom of hearing. The seven speaking venues in Australia were cancelled after the level of hostility had risen to the point where my safety, and the safety of others, could no longer be assured. As an American trained Osteopathic Physician, it is my responsibility to my patients and to others to give them the information they need to make fully informed decisions. It is clear that is not welcome in Australia."Tenpenny says vaccines have not been proven to be safe and tens of thousands have been injured or have died due to vaccinations.
"Pro-vaccine forces push forward the assertion that vaccination is the only way to protect against an infection and that vaccines are safe and cause little, if any harm. This is certainly not the case. The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has paid more than $2.8 billion to persons injured by vaccines. We need to reintroduce civility into the discussion of vaccination and respect those who have a constitutionally assured right to refuse," Tenpenny said in a statement.
"Measles is ready to pounce, but it's our high vaccination rate that prevents that from happening," said Dr. Esper.
What you need to know about measles:
-It's highly contagious before you know you have it
-Rashes appear three to five days after first symptoms
-The measles virus resides in mucus in the nose and throat of infected people
-The virus spreads when infected people sneeze or cough
-The virus remains active and contagious on infected surfaces for up to two hours
-You are usually contagious from about four days before your rash starts, to four days after it ends
Learn more about measles from the CDC.
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