Osteopathic Physicians Cite Evidence on Safety, Effectiveness and Avoided Costs
CHICAGO—January 11, 2017—American Osteopathic Association President Boyd R. Buser, DO, today reiterated the physician group’s policy on vaccination.
“Osteopathic physicians strongly support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccination guidelines because vaccines are proven to be safe and to protect patients against needless suffering and death. That is fact, not opinion, based upon years of the highest quality scientific research.
“Prevention of illness is a key tenet of the osteopathic philosophy of medicine, and vaccination is a primary defense against avoidable illnesses. Those who ignore or reject well-established science endanger not only themselves and their families, but entire communities.
“Not long ago diseases like measles, polio and diphtheria posed a deadly threat. No community was safe until vaccines all but eradicated several deadly diseases.
“Beyond the benefits to children and families by saving lives and preventing illness, osteopathic physicians appreciate that vaccines also have a significant impact by lowering our nation’s health care costs. The CDC estimates that vaccines provided to children born between 1994 to 2013 will, over the course of these children’s lifetimes, result in a net savings of $295 billion in direct costs and $1.38 trillion in total societal costs.
“The osteopathic profession stands united in support of established science and an evidence-based approach to the prevention of avoidable disease.”
About the American Osteopathic Association
The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) represents more than 129,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; and is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools. Visit DoctorsThatDO.org to learn more about osteopathic medicine.