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Sun Dec 16, 2018, 09:04 PM

A State Lawmaker's Comments About Vaccines Provokes An Official Backlash

A Tennessee lawmaker who recently questioned the effectiveness of vaccines has received backlash and even prompting a state department to weigh in.

The Tennessee Department of Health issued an unusually blunt, three-line statement late Thursday.

"Vaccines do not cause autism.

"Vaccines save lives.

"The Tennessee Department of Health welcomes discussion with Tennessee clinicians and scientists who would like to examine the evidence on this topic."

Video of the comments, which were made at a town hall meeting, were posted by The Tennessean. News outlets nationwide have picked up on the controversy.

The comment came after Congressman-elect Mark Green, of Clarksville, told constituents this week that there might be a link between vaccines and autism. Green, who is also a doctor, says he wants the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide "real data" on the issue.

Read more: https://www.nashvillepublicradio.org/post/state-lawmaker-s-comments-about-vaccines-provokes-official-backlash

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