Last updated on: 2/8/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc. (AAPS) Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children?"
Reasoning:

“AAPS does not oppose vaccines. AAPS has never taken an anti-vaccine position, although opponents have tried to paint that picture. AAPS has only attempted to halt government or school districts from blanket vaccine mandates that violate parental informed consent…

The Centers for Disease Control admits that the reported number of adverse effects of vaccines is probably only 10% of actual adverse effects…

Rampant conflicts of interest in the approval process has been the subject of several Congressional hearings, and a recent Congressional report concluded that the pharmaceutical industry has indeed exerted undue influence on mandatory vaccine legislation toward its own financial interests.

The vaccine approval process has also been contaminated by flawed or incomplete clinical trials, and government officials have chosen to ignore negative results. For example, the CDC was forced to withdraw its recommendation of the rotavirus vaccine within one year of approval. Yet public documents obtained by AAPS show that the CDC was aware of alarmingly high intussuception rates months before the vaccine was approved and recommended.

Mandatory vaccines violate the medical ethic of informed consent. A case could also be made that mandates for vaccines by school districts and legislatures is the de facto practice of medicine without a license.”

“Fact Sheet on Mandatory Vaccinations,” vaccineinfo.net, Apr. 9, 2009

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is a non-partisan professional association of physicians in all types of practices and specialties across the country.

Since 1943, AAPS has been dedicated to the highest ethical standards of the Oath of Hippocrates and to preserving the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship and the practice of private medicine.

Our motto, ‘omnia pro aegroto’ means ‘all for the patient.'”

Homepage, aapsonline.org (accessed Feb. 3, 2010)

Mission:

“To protect the practice of private medicine, preserve freedom of choice for patients, and educate physicians and the general public.”

“General Info,” guidestar.org (accessed Feb. 3, 2010)

Other:
501(c)(6) Membership association
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children?