Interview with Paul Offit and Seth Mnookin

March 8, 2011 Anonymous

On March 1, The History of Vaccines hosted "Vaccine Science, Realities, and Fears in the Popular Mind" at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Paul Offit, MD, an infectious disease physician and vaccine developer, and Seth Mnookin, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, discussed their new books as well as the past and future of vaccination as depicted in the media, among parents, and in the medical world.

About 180 people attended the event, which was moderated by Thomas Fekete, MD, College Fellow and section chief of Infectious Diseases at the School of Medicine, Temple University. The discussion was followed by a question and answer session, where topics included the ability of an infant's immune system to handle multiple vaccinations; attitudes toward HPV vaccination in boys; and the potential stigma associated with opting to receive future HIV vaccines.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to present an archived video of theevent . While the live webcast went off without problems, a problem on the Livestream end means that the webcast didn't get saved.

Before their talk, Dr. Offit and Mr. Mnookin were interviewed for an episode of No Bones About It, The College's YouTube series. Filling in for Robert Hicks, PhD, College Director Dr. George Wohlreich spoke with Dr. Offit and Mr. Mnookin about the challenges of communicating vaccine information. You can watch the full interview below.


About Paul A. Offit, MD, and Deadly Choices

Renowned researcher and rotavirus vaccine developer Paul Offit vigorously challenges the anti-vaccine movement in Deadly Choices, a powerful defense of science in the face of fear. Offit traces one of the most powerful citizen activist movements in history—a movement that, despite recent epidemics and deaths, continues to grow. Deadly Choices is the story of anti-vaccine activity in America—its origins, leaders, influences, and impact.

Offit is the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is the author of five books, including Autism’s False Prophets and Vaccinated. Offit is an advisor to The History of Vaccines.

About Seth Mnookin and The Panic Virus

In The Panic Virus, Mnookin uses a combination of investigative reporting, intellectual and scientific history, and sociological analysis to explore the controversies over vaccines and their rumored connection to developmental disorders. Mnookin is also the author of the 2006 New York Times-bestseller Feeding the Monster: How Money, Smarts, and Nerve Took a Team to the Top, which chronicles the challenges and triumphs of the John Henry-Tom Werner ownership group of the Boston Red Sox. His first book, 2004′s Hard News: The Scandals at The New York Times and Their Meaning for American Media, was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year.


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My health department acted on the permissive recommendation regarding HPV for males. We actually find parents are more receptive to HPV vaccine for their boys than girls. Apparently boys have sex, but not girls.

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