Do not stretch the
by H. Cody Meissner, M.D., FAAP
Some parents incorrectly believe that an alternative to the childhood vaccine schedule established
by the Academy, Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, American College of Obstetricians and
Gynecologists and American Academy of Family
Physicians is safe and effective. While only a small
number of families refuse all vaccines, some may
consider extending the interval between vaccines or
delaying vaccination until a certain age.
Which of the following statements are incorrect?
a) Community immunity (herd immunity) will
protect children from disease if the majority of
children are vaccinated.
b) The incidence of autism declined in Denmark
after thimerosal was removed from vaccines.
c) Vaccine-preventable diseases are almost erad-
icated, so there is no reason to be vaccinated.
d) It is better to acquire immunity through infec-
tion rather than from immunization.
In late June and after weeks of negotiations behind closed doors, the U.S. Senate released its health care legislation, the
Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA),
and the Academy immediately responded
with strong opposition.
“The U.S. Senate’s health care legisla-
tion, at last unveiled today, fails to meet
children’s needs,” said AAP President
Fernando Stein, M.D., FAAP, in a press
statement. “The bill fails children by dis-
mantling the Medicaid program, capping
its funding, ending its expansion and
allowing its benefits to be scaled back.
The bill fails all children by leaving more
families uninsured, or without insurance
they can afford or that meets their basic
In the weeks leading up to the bill’s in-
troduction and in its aftermath, the Acad-
emy and pediatricians spoke out about
the need to protect children’s health
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See Red Books, page 4
See Washington Report, page 3 See ID Snapshot and answer, page 7
In this issue
Connect. Simplify. Personalize
Three main principles are at the core of a bold new member-centric AAP Digital Transformation Initiative to improve communications, digital platforms. Page 16
by Alyson Sulaski Wyckoff • Associate Editor
A discovery of counterfeit copies of the AAP
Red Book sold online has prompted the Academy
to launch an investigation and consult a Washington D.C.-based law firm specializing in intellectual
Some unsuspecting buyers of what is known as
the “bible of pediatric infectious diseases” are finding
copies of the classic reference have their own form
of infection: They are photocopied fakes, some with
missing pages, misspelled words (including the spell-
ing of “Diseases” on the book’s spine), or sections
that fall out of cheaply made bindings.
The counterfeit “new” versions of the 30th edition book published in 2015 are offered at reduced
prices on Amazon.com and other online sellers. If
the price seems too low compared to AAP pricing,
it is most likely a counterfeit copy, said AAP CEO/
Executive Vice President Karen Remley, M.D.,
M.B.A., M.P.H., FAAP. “We take this very seriously,
and we’re going to do everything we can to mitigate
the problem and most importantly to be sure every
pediatrician has the right information at the right
time to care for every child.”
Academy responds to online ‘market’
of fake Red Books
The Academy joined with several health care groups to discuss
their opposition to the Better Care Reconciliation Act with key senators. At a press conference following the meeting, AAP President
Fernando Stein, M.D., FAAP, spoke on behalf of the organizations.
Pictured from left to right: Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.); Haywood
Brown, M.D., FACOG, president of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Dr. Stein; Michael Munger, M.D.,
president of the American Academy of Family Physicians; Boyd
Buser, D.O., president of the American Osteopathic Association;
and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.).
by Devin Miller • Washington Correspondent
Health care debate ignites
‘unprecedented’ pediatrician advocacy
Oral, dental aspects of
child abuse and neglect
Courtesy of Anupama Rao Tate, D.M.D., M.P.H.
Pediatricians and dentists can work together
to identify potential abuse and neglect, such as
rampant early childhood caries (above).
See article on pages 12-13