|Paul Offit (on the right) with H Fred Clark|
And that's the concern. The anti-vaccine movement is a shifty "business". First it was vaccines = autism. After numerous studies that showed NO link, they moved on to mercury. When mercury was removed, they continue to blame it even though it is not there! Now it is the number of vaccines, which is irrelevant.
If it was the number of vaccines that was causing the problem then Paul Offit points out that we would all be dead. We are exposed to many more viruses, bacteria and other onslaughts than could possibly be given via vaccines. But it is silly to argue. This is not a discussion you can have, nor is it logical, but rather a symptom of the anti-scientific movement. If people don't believe science, you can't convince them with science...
This past weekend's All Things Considered touched on the same topic but they put a more positive spin on the recent developments. I have posted a link to their piece titled: "As The Facts Win Out, Vaccinations May, Too," below. Seth Mnookin, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, discusses his book "The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear" and the deadly impact that the anti-vaccine movement has had.
Science Friday with Ira Flatow (1/7/2011)