Book Is Rallying Resistance to the Antivaccine Crusade

Once again we witness a disturbing account of people’s distrust of science. Although childhood immunizations have revolutionized public health by decreasing rates of childhood diseases like measles, there is a backlash among opponents who claim that the MMR vaccine causes autism. The New York Times article, Book Is Rallying Resistance to the Anti-vaccine Crusade, describes how Paul A. Offit, author of Autism’s False Prophets receives death threats and Dr. Gregory A. Poland, chief of vaccine research at the Mayo Clinic, receives threats against his children. Dr Paul A. Offit’s book discusses the scientific evidence in favor of vaccines.

According to a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development report, Why do people think that vaccines can cause autism?, the fear concerning the connection between autism and the MMR vaccine stems from a study that did not use scientific testing to show evidence of a link.

The proliferation of the anti-vaccine movement should not surprise us since people prefer to listen to celebrities who appear on Oprah and other talk shows rather than Pediatricians such as Paul A. Offit or Chief of Vaccine research, Gregory A. Poland.

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