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The intersection of science and fear: Seth Mnookin on the autism-vaccine panic




Child receiving MMR vaccine
Child receiving MMR vaccine
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Vaccination rates have plummeted in recent years, most notably in affluent, educated, left-leaning communities that suspect a link between the increase in rates of autism and vaccines. At the same time, there has been an increase in measles and California has recently declared a statewide epidemic of whooping cough. Journalist Seth Mnookin investigates the history of vaccine suspicion in his new book, The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science and Fear.