What We Can Learn from a 1991 Measles Epidemic August 6, 2016

What We Can Learn from a 1991 Measles Epidemic

Dr. Paul Offit is one of the foremost defenders of vaccines. In 2014, he gave a talk at the Center for Inquiry about how a preventable disease had a resurgence in Philadelphia more than two decades earlier, in large part due to irresponsible parents who had religious reasons for avoiding vaccinations for their kids.

Due to outreach to those communities and better vaccine education in the community, however, the outbreak wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been. That story, Offit says, contains plenty of lessons for us today, as there are still vaccine deniers out there.


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