Vaccination opponents target CDC panel

08 March 2019  Vol 363, Issue 6431

Vaccination opponents target CDC panel
By Meredith Wadman
Science08 Mar 2019 : 1024 Restricted Access
Protesters assail committee that recommends which vaccines Americans should receive.
The U.S. antivaccine movement has found a new front for its attack on scientists and their work: gatherings of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which recommends which vaccines Americans should receive. Since last summer, increasing numbers of vaccine resisters have come to ACIP meetings, held three times a year at the campus of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. There, amid heightened security during a public comment session last week, scores of vaccine opponents applauded as others vented their anger at the 15 buttoned-down experts on the panel—and lambasted vaccination in general. “This may be the new normal,” said ACIP Chair José Romero, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock