In This Episode
The war on science may soon include a war on vaccines. Donald Trump still publicly expresses the idea that vaccines are associated with autism, which is at odds with the conclusion of the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the NIH, and virtually every other scientific agency in every country that has studied vaccine safety.
Now Trump is reportedly forming a “Golden Vaccine Safety Task Force,” ostensibly to make vaccines “safer” and “assure scientific integrity.” Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an environmental attorney who still openly expresses a belief that vaccines cause autism, is on his list of people under consideration to chair that committee. In this episode, Dr. Paul Offit, an internationally respected authority on vaccine safety, separates vaccine facts from fiction.
About Our Guest
Dr. Paul Offit is an internationally recognized pediatric infectious diseases specialist, and an expert on vaccines, immunology, and virology. He is the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology, professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, and the director of the Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
He is the recipient of numerous humanitarian and academic achievement awards. He has been a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. He is the co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine credited with saving hundreds of infant and children’s lives every day.
He is also a prolific writer, and the author of more than one hundred and sixty scholarly articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, and six medical narratives including: The Cutter Incident: How America’s First Polio Vaccine Led to Today’s Growing Vaccine Crisis; Vaccinated: One Man’s Quest to Defeat the World’s Deadliest Diseases; Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure; Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All; Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine; and Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine. His newest book, Pandora’s Lab: Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong will be published in April, 2017.