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The Panic Virus by Seth Mnookin
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Jul 19, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: science, health
Read from July 16 to 19, 2011

This is an interesting book about an important topic. Mnookin has a way with analogies that makes a confusing topic very understandable.

The media has distorted the science of vaccines with its focus on highly emotional interviews with parents who believe their child's disability was caused by a vaccine. They have not covered disability and death from the illnesses that vaccines prevent.

Parents with an autistic child make good TV. It is an emotionally powerful story and we want to believe there is an easy answer to the question of why this child is so damaged.

Do we need large epidemics to get parents to vaccinate their children? Any parent considering not vaccinating their children should read this book before making a decision. Skipping vaccination is not "erring on the safe side." It is playing Russian roulette with your child.

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message 1: by Joanna (new)

Joanna The really sad thing is that the study that linked childhood vaccines and autism was a fraud. Revelation of that didn't get wide coverage. See

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