Doctors reiterate that vaccines are safe

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's a national controversy of whether vaccinate for the measles, and everyone is weighing in  including physicians, parents and even politicians.

Two doctors spoke to a room full of people about new developments in vaccines Thursday afternoon.

The developments were announced last week in Atlanta for human papillomavirus, meningitis and the measles.

Both doctors said they believe the vaccines for the different diseases are safe, which includes the measles vaccine.

Although a majority of cases are in California, the outbreak has stretched to Nebraska, and most of the people infected weren't vaccinated.

The doctors said their motto was to fear the disease, not the vaccine.

"The vaccine is extremely safe," Dr. William Atkinson of  Immunization Action Coalition said. "The disease is very bad. It can hospitalize people. It can kill people. The vaccine has a very long history. Unfortunately, there is still just a lingering memory of a MMR and autism. Even though that study that claimed that association was discredited long ago and many studies have shown that there is absolutely no increase risk of autism in children who get MMR."