Thanks to AofA's Nancy Hokkanen for this summation:
"You can never really say 'MMR doesn’t cause autism,' but frankly when you get in front of the media, you better get used to saying it. Because otherwise people hear a door being left open, when a door shouldn't be left open."
- Paul Offit, vaccine developer
"You can't prove that Coca-Cola doesn't cause autism, either... You're in a debate [chuckle] and, you know, you gotta fight unfair."
- Arthur Caplan, bioethicist
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The National Meningitis Association (www.nmaus.org) hosted a panel discussion, Achieving Childhood Vaccine Success in the U.S., before its 2016 “Give Kids a Shot” Gala on May 9, 2016. The panel addressed a range of issues including parents who opt out of childhood vaccine requirements, physicians who stray from the recommended vaccine schedule, and the role of the media in creating or removing barriers to vaccine success.
The panelists included
- Arthur Caplan, PhD., Professor of Medical Ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center
- Carol Baker, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Molecular Virology and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston
- Paul Offit, M.D., Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, PhD., Professor of Law at UC Hastings College of Law
- William Schaffner, M.D., Professor of Preventive Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
- Alison Singer, President of Autism Science Foundation
- Paul Lee, M.D., Director of the International Adoption Program and Pediatric Travel Center at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, New York (moderator)