NASHVILLE – A Tennessee doctor, recently elected to Congress, received criticism Thursday from top-level leaders to claim without evidence that vaccines can cause autism.
"Let me say this about autism," said Republican American rep.-Choosing Mark Green in Ashland City in a Tuesday Town Hall. "I'm committed to people in my community, up in Montgomery County, to stand on the (Centers for Disease Control) desk and get the right data about vaccines. Because there is some concern that the rise in autism is the result of the preservatives that are in our vaccines. "
Green answered a question from a mother who has a child with autism asking for medicaid cost cuts.
The republican has since gone back to his comments and told reporters on Wednesday that he calls families to vaccinate their children and has vaccinated their own children, but he said there is still more need for research on a possible connection to autism.
The CDC has clearly indicated that there is no connection between vaccines and autism.
But his remarks received national attention and concerns from health officials concerned about potential negative effects. And in time, the Tennessee Department of Health issued a short but direct statement: "Vaccines do not cause autism. Vaccines save lives."
"The Tennessee Department of Health welcomes discussion with Tennessee clinicians and researchers who would like to investigate evidence on this subject," the opinion continued.
It was just a few hours after Tennessee GOP USA Sen. Lamar Alexander tweeted a similar statement, complete with an attachment of a video of him who praised the benefits of vaccines during a congressional hearing.
"Audio science is this," says Alexander in the video. "Vaccines save lives. They save lives for people who have been vaccinated. They protect the lives of vulnerable people around them, like infants and those who are ill."
Neither the declaration is called Green. Health Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Hart declined to elaborate, saying the agency's statement spoke for itself.
Green did not respond immediately to an email request from The Associated Press for comment on the subsequent replies.
Republican, who is not only a physician but also a former surgeon, businessman and cancer survivor, defended proper Democrat Justin Kanew in November. He retired as President Donald Trump's nominees for the army secretary earlier this year against criticism of his comments on homosexual and transgender people.
He is scheduled to be sworn in on January 3.