While the new Surgeon General of the country was Orlando Thursday to discuss the Affordable Care Act and public health issues facing Floridians, Dr. Vivek H. Murphy, took time to emphasize the importance of measles vaccines in containing the continuing spread of the virus.
“My message to parents is to please, please vaccinate your children,” he said. “If you are not immunized, and you are in a room with somebody who has measles, you have a 90 percent chance of acquiring measles as well.”
“What the science tells us — very clearly — is that there is no evidence between any link between the measles vaccine and autism, and there are no long-term adverse effects from the measles vaccine. To the contrary, the vaccine is highly effective, and that’s why i encourage every parent to vaccinate their child.”
Dr. Murphy’s other activities will include visiting Orlando Regional Medical Center’s brand new state-of-the-art tower at its Downtown Orlando campus. This is a listening tour for Dr. Murphy who’ll be up and about right away trying to find out what each community needs to find an innovative solutions to whatever challenges facing them now.
He’ll be inheriting the flue and measles virus epidemics which are continually giving health officials a lot of headaches. Another problem coming up is the whopping cough bacterial infection which is slowly spreading in some areas.
He is a marijuana advocate. He believes in its medical efficacy. When asked about his position on cannabis he said, “My position is that we have to see what the science tells us about the efficacy about marijuana, and I think we’re going to get a lot more data on that,” Murthy told the morning show. “We have some preliminary data showing that, for certain medical conditions and symptoms, that marijuana can be helpful, and we have to use that data to drive policy making. And I’m very interested to see where that data takes us.”