The Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) and the Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (CT-AAP) are alarmed by the startling Department of Public Health (DPH) School Immunization Report that was released today.
CSMS President Claudia Gruss, MD voiced concern over this newly released information: “the facts don’t lie, we know that immunizations are proven to be safe and effective, they are one of our best lines of defense to protect the public’s health.”
CSMS and CT-AAP are glad DPH is sharing this data to better inform communities and healthcare providers and help target our efforts. Jody Terranova, MD of CT-AAP Vaccine Advocate, stated, “we clearly have a false sense of security when using the overall state vaccination rate and can now see areas throughout the state where our residents are vulnerable to preventable diseases, comments.”
Both physician organizations are also troubled by what this decline in immunizations means to the most frail of our community, the very young, the elderly, and those living with chronic illness. Gruss added, “immunizations not only protect the health of the child or adult who receives the vaccine, it also protects the overall community and we (as medical professionals) are troubled by the repercussions the decline in vaccination rates may have throughout our state.”