Information literacy- Defending Vaccines: Actress Dispels Link To Autism

A movie star and a prominent scientist have teamed up to reassure the public that childhood vaccines are safe and do not cause autism.

Amanda Peet, who starred in films including The X-Files: I Want To Believe and Syriana, is working with Paul Offit, the chief of infectious diseases at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Their goal is to counter the assault on vaccines led by celebrities including Jenny McCarthy, Jim Carrey and Holly Robinson Peete.

Full story on Morning Edition on NPR

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Author

The scientist mentioned in the NPR piece is the author of:
Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure

He also is the author of: Vaccines: What You Should Know, Third Edition

The heart of the matter

What this really comes down to is, "Which chick do you think is hotter?"

Lea Thompson

I think Lea Thompson, or Melissa Gilbert, but no matter what actress one might choose, there is no link between vaccination between autism and vaccination.

However anyone who takes medical advice from an actor is a pinhead.

N.B, yes I realize those two actresses are not among the choices, but those are still the ones I would choose.

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