A group of doctors is planning to launch a new campaign in 2018 to push the government to protect children from childhood cancers.
The coalition, which includes physicians from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US National Institutes of Health and the American Academy of Pediatrics, is calling on the Trump administration to support a law that would require all doctors to take mandatory immunizations for children under the age of 12, in a bid to ensure that children can receive timely and effective treatment.
Dr Robert L. Kroll, an immunologist at New York University, said that despite decades of research, children have never been inoculated for a variety of diseases and that vaccines have not proven to be effective at preventing childhood cancers such as cervical and lung cancers.
Kroll, a leading proponent of vaccination programs, said his group is calling for a mandatory immunization mandate for all doctors, regardless of residency, as well as for all pediatricians.
Krol said a nationwide mandate would mean a “huge increase in vaccine costs” and a “serious impact” on the future of the field.
“It’s going to take a huge amount of money to get to that,” Kroll said in an interview.
“We need to do everything we can to make sure that we have vaccines available for the whole population of doctors in the United States.”
The plan is a stark contrast to the current push by doctors to pass a mandatory vaccination law in the states.
In New York, doctors are urging state legislators to consider mandatory immunisation legislation that would guarantee vaccines for children in the state.
Kroll said he would like to see a nationwide vaccine mandate for pediatricians as well, but the cost and logistical challenges of implementing such a mandate are insurmountable.
The new effort is based on a 2014 plan, which proposed mandatory vaccination for children and adults at age 10.
The group’s website now states that it is “dedicated to ensuring all children have the same access to immunization as all adults.”
Kroll said he hopes to reach out to more doctors to help develop the new campaign, which is part of the Physicians Oath project.
He said the campaign has received backing from prominent medical professionals, including former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.
“The public has spoken, and they know the cost of vaccines is prohibitive,” Krol said.
“And there’s a clear and present danger that children and the general population will be harmed in their lifetime by these vaccines.”
Dr. Jennifer S. Koehler, a pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center, said she hopes to be part of any mandatory vaccination push.
“I’m not going to go out and tell parents that they should not vaccinate their children,” she said.
Koehler said mandatory immunisations would require more resources and a greater commitment from the medical community, but she said she believes vaccines have been proven effective in reducing childhood cancers since the early 1900s.
“These vaccines are so effective that you just don’t need to wait,” she added.
“You can get it now.
We have it.
The price is going down.”
The US Centers for Diseases Control and Preventive Services (CDC) declined to comment on the campaign.
The campaign comes on the heels of the president’s order to review the existing vaccine schedule and to recommend whether or not it should be expanded.
The plan, titled “Revising the Vaccine Schedule,” is intended to inform and encourage states to move forward with the mandatory immunising of children.
A similar campaign launched in New York last week, and a similar effort in California this week.
A separate initiative by the American Medical Association is seeking to require all children in public schools to be vaccinated against the measles, mumps, rubella and whooping cough, and for parents to provide proof of vaccinations for children ages 12 and older.
A vaccine campaign in California, which also requires vaccination, was prompted by a spike in the number of cases of measles and other diseases linked to Disneyland, where more than 1,000 people contracted the illness.
A group of medical groups in California last week also launched a vaccine drive, calling for mandatory immunizing every pediatrician in the county, including the state’s chief medical officer, who is also the state chief public health officer.
California’s vaccination campaign has attracted support from the National Institutes for Health, which said last week it would be willing to provide $1.5 million for the campaign if the state could secure federal funding.
A state-wide mandatory immunized mandate is unlikely to be adopted, given opposition from doctors in New Jersey, where the current mandatory vaccination plan is being phased in, and in Connecticut, where a separate campaign to vaccinate children is being launched.
In California, there are no plans to move ahead with a mandatory mandate, and there are indications that the state will continue to consider the vaccine issue on its own, although it is unclear what the future holds.
Dr. Michael K. R