BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A controversial documentary filmmaker and crew from Texas are on the road, and Sunday they made a stop in the Magic City.
It’s called the Vaxxed Bus Tour, and it’s embroiled in controversy. The filmmakers are traveling the country, meeting with families that say they have been affected by vaccines and documenting their stories, despite the fact that vaccines have been proven safe. They’re also meeting with lawmakers and health care workers, and a Birmingham pediatrician wants to set the record straight about the film.
“”Vaxxed” is a discredited film by the discredited and biased Andrew Wakefield, who had his medical license revoked in Britain for unethical behavior,” explained David Kimberlin, M.D, vice chair of Pediatrics, co-director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UAB and a physician at Children’s of Alabama. “The facts are simple and clear. 1) Vaccines save lives. 2) Vaccines are safe. 3) Vaccine-preventable diseases are still rampant in the world and are only 18 hours away by plane. Parents should protect their children from these life-threatening diseases by getting all childhood immunizations recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, according to the AAP schedule.”
“Quite clearly all these vaccines are killing teenagers, babies, adults and all are being hugely damaged by by vaccinations,” Vaxxed producer Polly Tommey said Sunday. “It just doesn’t effect the person that’s damaged, it affects the siblings the parents and impacts the divorce rates that are 85 percent. It is breaking down families across America.”
The documentary was removed from the Tribeca Film Festival after a public outcry regarding the claims made in the film.
“The truth is this: Vaccines do not cause autism. Period,” Kimberlin said. “The science is crystal clear on this.”
The bus tour has visited 60 cities in the United States.