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Trump says anti-waxes 'have to get their shots' despite repeatedly linking vaccinations to autism
Donald Trump has said people "have to get their shots" in an apparent attempt to promote vaccinations in the face of a measles outbreak, sweeping parts of the US, despite having repeatedly linked vaccinations to autism.
"The vaccinations are so important. This is really going around now, "he told reporters outside the White House. "They have to get their shots."
The president was speaking in the wake of a troubling resurgence in the spread of the disease, which was once eradicated. The number of cases in the US is now at the highest level since 2000.
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Some 700 cases have been reported this year, and the spread has been largely attributed to misinformation that is turning parents against vaccines.
The warning comes despite the fact that Mr Trump has repeatedly attempted to link vaccinations and autism, in the face of scientific evidence.
He has tweeted about the conspiracy theory more than 20 times, to the dismay of leading scientific groups. Mr. Trump also with leading anti-vaccination campaigners before his election
The US's own federal agency, the Centers for Disease Control, has repeatedly urged citizens to ensure that they are vaccinated.