Why Vaccines Work

It’s Okay To Be Smart – As more and more parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children or are vaccinating them later, diseases like measles are making a comeback. Are vaccines safe? How do vaccines work? Why do some people claim there is a link between vaccines and autism? This week we look at why are people afraid of something that has saved so many lives, and look at the history and science of vaccines.

REFERENCES AND FURTHER READING:

“The Panic Virus” by Seth Mnookin: http://amzn.to/1CB8Q7p
“On Immunity” by Eula Biss: http://amzn.to/1FTmmH1

Watch “Vaccines: Calling the Shots” from PBS’ NOVA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVCO6…

The Robert Falcon Scott expedition and the lost cure for scurvy, by Maciej Cegłowski: http://idlewords.com/2010/03/scott_an…

The incredible value of vaccines: http://www.gavi.org/about/mission/fac…

The Guardian’s herd immunity simulation: http://www.theguardian.com/society/ng…

Map of global vaccine rates: http://gamapserver.who.int/gho/intera…

How risky are vaccine side effects? http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/s…

Eula Biss on vaccines and empathy: http://www.vox.com/2015/2/6/7992071/h…

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Joe Hanson – Creator/Host/Writer
Joe Nicolosi – Director
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Katie Graham – Director of Photography
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Dalton Allen – Post-Production Intern

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