Editor’s note: The following letter was emailed to all AAP members Feb. 2.

As your new president, I have been working closely with AAP leaders and staff to monitor the recent cases of measles in the United States. The measles outbreak that is linked to Disneyland has now been reported in 17 states and the District of Columbia. The Academy is deeply concerned about the children infected and, most importantly, those at risk because they are unvaccinated.

The evidence is clear that the best way to protect children is to follow the recommended immunization schedule. The measles outbreak is a stark reminder of this. Advocacy of delayed or alternative immunization schedules increases the risks to all children. The AAP strongly urges all members to follow the approved immunization schedule and to help educate families about the safety and effectiveness of childhood vaccines. The Academy has a number of materials available...

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