NASHVILLE – Tennessee doctor, recently elected to the Congress, accepted criticism from leading state leaders on Thursday because they have demonstrated without evidence that vaccines can cause autism.
"Let me tell you about autism," said republican reporter Mark Green of Ashland in a town hall on Tuesday. "I pledged to the people in my community, Montgomery County to be at the Center for Disease Control and get the right information about vaccines. Because there is concern that the rise in autism is the result of preservatives that are in our vaccines."
Green replied to the question of a mother who has a baby with autism and is asking about a reduction in spending on Medicaid.
Since the republican went back to his remarks, he told reporters on Wednesday that he encouraged families to vaccinate their children and vaccinate their children, but said that further research on a possible link with autism was still needed.
The CDC clearly stated that there is no link between vaccines and autism.
However, his comments are the national attention and care of health officials concerned about possible negative impacts. By Thursday, the Tennessee Ministry of Health published a short but direct statement: "Vaccines do not cause autism. Vaccines save lives."
"The Tennessee Health Department welcomes the discussion with tennis practitioners and scientists who would like to study evidence on the subject," she continued.
This happened just hours after the US Senate Tennessee GOP, Lamar Alexander, who published a similar statement, along with a video clip on how he praised the benefits of vaccines during a congressional hearing.
"Science is this," says Alexander in the video. "Vaccines save lives. They save the lives of people who are vaccinated. They protect the lives of vulnerable people around them, such as babies and sick people."
Neither statement mentioned Greene. A spokeswoman for the health service, Elizabeth Hart, refused to clarify that the agency's statement had spoken to herself.
Green did not immediately respond to a request from The Associated Press to comment on further responses.
A Republican, who is not only a doctor, but also a former military surgeon, businessman and survivor of cancer, was well supported by Justin Kanew's Democrat in November. He stepped down as presidential candidate Donald Trump for the secretary of the military earlier this year, criticizing his comments on gay and transgender people.
He is expected to earn it on January 3rd.