NEW YORK (CBS / AP) – Robert F. Kennedy Jr, a vocal vaccination skeptic, says President-elect Donald Trump has asked him to chair a commission on vaccine safety.

Trump has also voiced doubts about vaccinations, tweeting in the past that he knew a child who developed autism after receiving immunizations. He did not supply evidence for that claim.

He also has advocated for children to get smaller doses of vaccines spread out over time.

Scientists have debunked the link between vaccines and autism and the claim has been denounced as dangerous by doctors.

But Kennedy, the son of the late U.S. attorney general, believes there is connection and has advocated for parents to be allowed to opt out of vaccinations for their children.

Kennedy said Trump invited him to the meeting Tuesday in New York.

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Comments (3)
  1. What is left out of the article is that the argument against vaccines isn’t the vaccines themselves; it’s the chemical preservatives that are put into them that some people feel are unhealthy. I find it odd then that so many people who won’t eat a food that has preservatives in it will then deride those that don’t want to have them injected into themselves or their children without a study done that is impartial. And yes, I have had vaccines and get them every year. I am not on board with this, but still I would like there to be an investigation that is scientific and not funded by the pharmaceutical industry about this issue. Has there been a study done by anyone that is not a eugenicist?

  2. This good news! Vaccines are a medical procedure that comes with risk of injury. Like all medical procedures, there should be informed consent. Where there is risk, there must be choice.