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PBS biasBy Anne Dachel

Vaccines-Calling the Shots

Examine the science behind vaccinations, the return of preventable diseases, and the risks of opting out. Airing September 10, 2014 at 9 pm on PBS

Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago-whooping cough, measles, mumps-are returning, in part because nervous parents are skipping their children's shots. NOVA's "Vaccines - Calling the Shots" takes viewers around the world to track epidemics, explore the science behind vaccinations, hear from parents wrestling with vaccine-related questions, and shed light on the risks of opting out.

"Risks of opting out"?  Will we also hear about the risks of "opting in" or will PBS just pretend that vaccines carry no side effects?

Will the producers at PBS include a clip from their series, Autism Now, from 2011?    Veteran newscaster Robert MacNeil interviewed autism expert, Dr. David Amaral from the MIND Institute at UC-Davis about the link between vaccines and autism.  While  Amaral didn't think vaccines are the only cause of autism, he said this about a child who might have a predisposition or be ill at the time of vaccination,

 "Vaccinations for those children actually may be the environmental factor that tipped them over the edge of autism. And I think it is incredibly important, still, to try and figure out what, if any, vulnerabilities, in a small subset of children, might make them at risk for having certain vaccinations."

That was a pretty amazing comment.  It certainly means that parents who worry about vaccine side effects have good reason for their concern. 

You can see the PBS interview with David Amaral on YouTube.  (PBS no longer has the video available.)   9:12

Anne Dachel Book CoverAnne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of  The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which goes on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.



Geez. I got so hyped up from Vaccine Wars that I think I'll have to skip this one. Talk about herd immunity. What about herd science? Or herd thinking?

Denise Anderstrom Douglass

I had always been a PBS supporter up until I watched Vaccine Wars. Not one more hard earned penny will they ever get from me! Public tv and radio is supposed to be free of government and big business influence -- ha, ha. I am a grandmother of a 13 year old who has severe regressive autism.

BoB Moffitt

If NOVA's "Vaccines .. calling the shots" .. is anything like FRONTLINE'S "Vaccine Wars" propaganda .. I mean program .. why bother?

When all is said and done .. there must be a million better ways for PBS to waste the people's money .. and .. their viewer's time .. than producing yet another hour of .. charlatons peddling "junk science" .. while pretending to "explore the science behind vaccination".

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