Seth Mnookin on research to encourage vaccination

April 28, 2014 4:05 PM

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Seth Mnookin on research to encourage vaccination

Years after a groundless report linked vaccines to autism, the consequences of the fallacy are still being felt as measles, mumps, and whooping cough spread through undervaccinated communities. Yesterday the American Academy of Arts and Sciences released a report—co-authored by Seth Mnookin, an assistant professor of science writing at MIT—that makes it clear that reversing this trend will require dedicated research on how vaccination decisions are made, and on the best ways to communicate factual information to nervous parents.

The report, "Public Trust in Vaccines: Defining a Research Agenda," was announced in the journal Science with an editorial written by Mnookin and his co-authors, Barry Bloom of the Harvard School of Public Health and Edgar Marcuse of the University of Washington. "Vaccines are one of the safest and ...

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