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By Lyn Redwood
You've noticed it.
I've noticed it.
There's been a major onslaught from the media in the past few weeks linking the recent cases of measles in the U.S. and the fact that a minority of American parents chooses to forgo vaccines for their children.
On April 28, 2014, Forbes.com accused parents who don't vaccinate as being part of an "anti-vaccine hysteria," and contended that this "hysteria" "continues to do real damage to the lives of children around the world."
On May 1, Michael Gerson, writing an op-ed in the Washington Post, argued that parents should not have the right to choose not to vaccinate.
But the most disappointing for me was from Stephen Colbert. Full disclosure: I love Colbert. He's smart and funny and does a great job of finding unexpected ways to educate and entertain. But I was incredibly disappointed with the interview he did with Dr. Paul Offit, the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, ending the show with Offit's claim that we have the pharmaceutical companies to thank for our good health in America, because Big Pharma has created vaccines that allow our children to "lead longer, better, healthier lives." Offit did not answer Colbert's question about whether he was directly profiting from Big Pharma. Which he is, of course. Dubbed "Dr. Profit" by some activists, Offit is co-inventor of the RotaTeq vaccine and a co-holder of the patent on it.
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