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The Washington Post TV Dialogue on "Vaccines: Science vs. Skeptics"

By Theresa Wrangham
Published August 21, 2013 in Media

WP - Vaccines: Science vs. Skeptics

On Aug. 20, 2013 NVIC Executive Director Theresa Wrangham participated in a Skype interview on the new Post-TV "On Background" show along with Dr. Corey Hebert of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. The  Washington Post-sponsored TV segment titled "Vaccines: Science vs. Skeptics" was moderated by Nia-Malika Henderson. Theresa defended parents' right to make informed vaccine choices. She emphasized there are both vaccine science research gaps and individual susceptibility to vaccine reactions, as well as an association between vaccine-induced encephalopathy and poor health outcomes like autism, which have been acknowledged in the federal vaccine injury compensation program.  


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14 Responses to "The Washington Post TV Dialogue on "Vaccines: Science vs. Skeptics""
Commenter Name
Posted: 8/21/2013 12:38:34 PM
Is it always so obvious that when the media doesn't want someone to make their point clearly, they just cut you off. So sorry Dr. Hebert is just a mouthpiece for propaganda. Shame Sir.
Commenter Name
Posted: 8/21/2013 9:06:49 PM
watchmom3 i completely agree with you.. Dr. Herbert is clearly driven by incentives over pressing for answers..
Commenter Name
Posted: 8/21/2013 9:39:42 PM
She said informed consent is not about coercion. That is the whole point!
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J. Mountain
Posted: 8/21/2013 11:12:42 PM
Typical tripe. Polio was ended by the vaccines. Not. Never has been proven and now is shown to CAUSE polio. Look at the carnage in India. I feel sorry for Dr. Hebert and the interviewer. But they would make good soldiers. Just shut up and follow along. They will never admit that Dr. Wakefield's study has since been corroborated by over two dozen other studies.
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Mr T
Posted: 8/22/2013 3:12:16 AM
"Science"? Where's the science? Why is there no access to studies. How do they prove it is so safe? REAL science would LET US KNOW how and why conclusions are made. Under what circumstances. Where are the health studies? How long conducted, on how many? How are they tested, for how long, and what percentages where effective, ineffective, adverse or neutral? Why cant it be independently verified by others? If it was so safe, surely that can be verified and proven with PROPER STUDIES that do not withhold anything- good or bad, as it is. I am a fan of science. Science is truth. That was NOT science. That was advertising/ slander and propaganda against inquiry. Unfortunately that is what most science has become lately.
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A Disappointed mom
Posted: 8/23/2013 9:02:38 AM
I found Ms. Wrangham to be far more thoughtful and rational in her discussion. Dr. Hebert in no way addressed the concerns of individual risk factors and the gap in science. I think the interviewer would have served the viewer better by pushing Dr. Hebert to address the concerns. Very disappointing. The interviewer's focus on skeptics vs. Ms. Wrangham's citations of the IOM and other science were subsequently referred to as an opinion of skeptics. This is another example of a potentially thoughtful piece of journalism devolving into a pr discussion. Focus on the facts...... As I continue to listen, I am offended that Dr. Hebert would equate Tylenol overdose with the immunization schedule of 10s of risky injections to infants over the course of their first two years of life. This has never been studied. Dr. Hebert only adds to my skepticism of the medical establishment as a whole as he looks to make blanket statements about vaccines when clearly there are individuals at risk. Can he not put himself in the place of a parent who KNOWS that she has risk in her family for vaccine reaction?
Commenter Name
Posted: 8/25/2013 10:18:47 AM
This guy is literally just making shit up as he goes along...
Commenter Name
Posted: 9/25/2013 9:51:56 AM
Wow! Theresa was so well spoken ans had great information. Dr. Hebert needs to listen to what she said~Not anti-vaccine,just informed consent! Where is the science? I am walking science! I have had a severe reaction to the HepB vaccine. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, fibromyalgia and developed damage that has turned into osteoarthritis. I was so sick and still am. Mine was proven! OK, why would there be a Vaccine Injury Compensation Program if there was no vaccine injury?? Hmmmmm?? I will not take a chance with my daughter's health! I sign an exemption for her HepB vaccine and will continue too! Dr. Hebert needs to open his eyes and quit spewing BS!!
Commenter Name
Posted: 11/1/2013 11:16:15 AM
So as the opponent to vaccine choice -- or proponent for vaccine mandates -- the Washington Post was only able to come up with a doctor who serves as a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry, and who as recently as 2011 was a national speaker and educator for GlaxoSmithKline as well as serving as the chairman of the national advisory board for Novartis? And this is what the Post calls a fair and balanced debate? http://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/pediatrics/docs/Hebert_c.v_.pdf
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Autism Warrior
Posted: 11/6/2013 9:14:43 AM
My child was vaccine injured caused her "autism" and this doctor is a complete moron...Dr Wakefield has been vindicated his studies have been duplicated all around the world with same results. Vaccines did not save us. The truth is out there and for those whom want it, they will find it. also my doctor never gave me risks, he told me i had to vaccinate and i had no choice, that doc is very misinforming in so many ways...also BTW There are real doctors that stand behind vaccines causing autism and 83 cases have been paid out in vaccine compensation courts that vaccines caused autism..they need to get the truth out there. GREAT documentary to learn more Silent Epidemic The untold story of vaccines http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1m3TjokVU4
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Posted: 11/6/2013 6:29:00 PM
I couldn't even watch that dumb doctor's segment. Within 20 seconds he brought up Jenny McCarthy and Wakefield. Ugh. And he brought up "no one walking around with polio in the US. When's the last time he checked the vaccine status on our adult population? HE is the one with no common sense. Oh, and handing a person a vaccine information sheet that has been completely sanitized of the risks of vaccines 20 seconds before stabbing with a needle is NOT informed consent!
Commenter Name
Posted: 11/30/2013 7:30:58 PM
Dr. Herbert should read the manufactures leaflet from the MMR vaccine where he can see that the possible side effects from the vaccine are the same as catching the measles, mumps, or rubella!
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jay dubinsky
Posted: 2/1/2014 8:26:35 AM
It maybe interesting to note that the biggest shareholders of the vaccine manufacturers are our past presidents- Clinton, Bush, Chaney. Do you think that has something to do with our National Vaccine program!?
Commenter Name
Posted: 9/29/2015 9:39:02 PM
Had measles as child, got vaccines while pregnant in 1999, possibly the rubella vaccine? Exactly one year later I went from extremely healthy & strong to very ill. An ER Dr took one look at me with my 3 kids & said "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome." Years later I was finally diagnosed with the true illness of fibromyalgia. After 16 years I now have to add osteoarthritis, degenerative disk disease, sleep apnea, high bp, arrhythmia, anxiety,IBS, I've broken my leg in two places falling off of a 12 inch step, I've had my gall bladder removed, it hurts to stand, it hurts to sit, I seem to have narcoleptic tendencies, I swell like a balloon, I have very little short-term memory left, all of my cognitive abilities are diminishing, I get tongue-tied, I don't sweat & so I retain heat & am sick all the time, my vision is also diminishing, & believe it or not there's more! Is fibro caused by vaccines & what can I do about it? Btw the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program explicitly lists fibro AND osteoarthritis, as well as any other arthritic related illness, (i.e. rheumatoid,) are NOT considered chronic arthritis. HOW did they get away with that???
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