Seth Mnookin on the Panic Virus

Friday, May 02, 2014


There is a scientific consensus that the oft-claimed link between vaccines and Autism simply doesn't exist. And yet, after a decade of no convincing evidence of a link many in the public are still scared and vaccination rates are down. In an interview that originally aired in 2011, Bob speaks to Seth Mnookin, author of The Panic Virus, about why it's so hard to dislodge misinformation and fear.


Seth Mnookin

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Comments [3]

Francisco from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


There has been lots of proof of how effective vaccines are.

May. 07 2014 02:50 PM
Francisco from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

You may find this useful. Why people still believe lies after they've been corrected:
(from about 13:15, the link underneath that purports to go directly to the right place, doesn't)

May. 07 2014 02:48 PM

Vaccines contain lots of harmful substances besides thimerisol, including formaldehyde, known as a neurotoxin as well as a carcinogen. So you can't PROVE vaccines cause autism, just as you can't PROVE that they prevent diseases without a double blind placebo controlled clinical trial. What about the relationship to auto-immune disorders, allergies, Guillan-Barre syndrome (a well known side effect of certain vaccines) and digestive disorders? Are there any long term studies that examine the non vaccinated and vaccinated populations at clinically significant numbers?

May. 04 2014 10:46 AM

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