Preventable Diseases on the Rise - Paul Offit

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"Deadly Choices" author Dr. Paul Offit argues that parents who don't vaccinate their children are putting the entire population at risk. (4:17)

THE POINT IS THERE ISNOTHING TO FEAR FROM PEOPLE

WHO FEAR VACCINES HERE TOTELL US WE'RE ALL GOING TO

DIE IS THE DIRECTOR OF THEVACCINE EDUCATION CENTER AT

THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OFPHILADELPHIA DR. PAUL OFFIT,

DR. OFFIT, THANK YOU SO MUCHFOR COMING BACK.

GOOD TO SEE YOU ALL RIGHT,OKAY.

LET'S GET TO IT.

29% OF AMERICANS BELIEVEVACCINES CAUSE AUTISM.

BUT APPARENTLY YOUSCIENTISTS THINK YOU KNOW

BETTER, OKAY.

DON'T PARENTS HAVE THE RIGHTTO MAKE THE DECISION FOR

THEIR CHILDREN AND THEIRCHILDREN ALONE WHAT IS BEST

FOR THEM?

>> WELL, UNFORTUNATELY,THEY'RE NOT MAKING THE

DECISION FOR THEIR CHILDRENALONE.

WHEN YOU CHOOSE TO PUT YOURCHILD AT RISK OF GETTING A

VACCINE-PREVENTABLE DISEASE YOU'RE ALSO PUTTING

EVERYONE WHO THEY COME INCONTACT AT RISK.

>> THOSE PEOPLE CAN GETVACCINES.

>> BUT OFTEN THEY TOO, THOSECHILDREN TOO HAVE A PARENT

THAT IS CHOOSING NOT TOVACCINATE.

>> Stephen: WELL THAT IS THECHOICE OF THE PARENT, THE

PARENT KNOWS BEST FOR THECHILD.

>> BUT DO THEY.

>> Stephen: YES THEY DO,OKAY.

THEY DO.

>> IF A PARENT KNOWS IF APARENT IS NOT GETTING A

VACCINE FOR EXAMPLE BECAUSETHEY FEAR AS YOU ELUDED TO

EARLIER THAT IT IS CAUSINGAUTISM THEN WHAT THEY ARE

DOING IS JUST PUTTING ASIDEAN ENORMOUS AMOUNT, A

MOUNTAIN OF SCIENCE.

THERE IS NOW MORE THAN 20STUDIES THAT SHOW

VACCINES DON'T CAUGHT AUTISM.

THE MMR DIDN'T CAUGHTAUTISM.

THERE IS NO RELATIONSHIP.

>> Stephen: BUT 29% OFAMERICANS STILL BELIEVE THAT,

SURELY THEY ARE AT LEAST 29%RIGHT.

>> POPULAR BELIEF IS NOTALWAYS POPULAR WISDOM.

THERE ARE MANY THINGS ONEDOESN'T KNOW ABOUT AUTISM

WHAT YOU DO KNOW IS THATVACCINES DON'T CAUSE IT.

>> BUT THERE IS, YOU HAVE TOADMIT THAT THE AMOUNT OF

VACCINATION GIVEN TO YOUNGCHILDREN INCREASED IN THE

90s.

AND THE DIAGNOSIS OF AUTISMROSE AT THE SAME TIME.

THAT'S A COROLLARY AFFECT,OKAY.

IT IS THE SAME WAY THAT THEIPHONE IS INTRODUCED AND

WORLD WAR II VETS STARTDYING.

(LAUGHTER)>> IN THE SAME DECADE.

IT'S GOT TO HAVE SOMETHINGTO DO WITH EACH OTHER.

>> YOU KNOW ITS PERFECTLYREASONABLE FOR THE PARENT TO

ASK THE QUESTION.

MY CHILD WAS FINE, THEY GOTA VACCINE, NOW THEY AREN'T

FINE, IT IS AN ANSWERABLEQUESTION, IT HAS BEEN

ANSWERED AGAIN AND AGAIN ANDAGAIN.

THE QUESTION IS WHY IS THE29% STILL THINK THAT

VACCINES MAY BE A PROBLEM.

WHEN THEY ARE SHOWN NOT TOBE.

>> YOU HEAD UP SOMETHINGCALLED THE VACCINE EDUCATION

CENTER.

THE FACT THAT WE NEED AVACCINE EDUCATION CENTER

DOESN'T IT MEAN YOU HAVEALREADY LOST THE FIGHT?

BECAUSE I MEAN IF YOU ARERIGHT, VACCINES ARE SO GREAT,

WHY DO WE NEED TO BEEDUCATED ABOUT IT.

>> WE SHOULDN'T BE.

I MEAN THEIR RECORDS SHOULDSTAND ON THEIR OWN.

IN THE 1920s DIPTHERIA WASONE OF THE MOST COMMON

KILLERS OFTEENAGERS.

IN THE 50s POLIO RAVAGEDAMERICAN CHILDREN CAUSING

TENS OF THOUSANDS OFCASES OF PARALYSIS.

MEASLES BEFORE THE VACCINEIN 1963 CAUSED 48,000

CHILDREN TO BE HOSPITALIZEDAND 500 TO DIE.

NOW WE LARGELY DON'T SEETHOSE, THEY ARE STARTING TO

COME BACK A LITTLE BITBECAUSE PARENTS ARE MAKING

THESE CHOICES BECAUSE THEYHAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT THESE

DISEASE, NOT ONLY HAD WELARGELY ELIMINATED THEM BUT

WE ELIMINATED THE MEMORY SOPEOPLE AREN'T SCARED.

UNFORTUNATELY THEY MAY HAVETO GET SCARED OF THEM

AGAIN, WHICH IS SAD.

>> Stephen: WHAT IF I WERETO TELL YOU SOUND LIKE YOU

ARE IN THE POCKET OF BIGPHARMA.

THEY MAKE THE INOCULATIONS,THEY ARE MAKING MONEY,

GREASING YOUR PALMS THAT ISOUT THERE NOW, RESPOND TO

IT.

>> YEAH, SO-- (APPLAUSE)

>> YOU KNOW, IT'S AMAZING TOME THAT WE JUST KEEP

KNOCKING BIG PHARMA WHEN INFACT YOU CAN'T ON THE ONE

HAND PRAISE THE FACT THATTHESE VACCINES HAVE SAVED

THEIR LIVES, HAVE ALLOWEDOUR CHILDREN TO LIVE LONGER,

BETTER, HEALTHIER LIVES ANDTHEN SAY THAT JUST DISMISS

THE PEOPLE THAT MAKE IT,THAT MAKE THESE VACCINES

SAFELY AND EFFECTIVELY.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT, ALL

RIGHT, ALL RIGHT.

IF YOU WANT TO-- IF YOU WANTTO PLAY THE LONGER BETTER

HEALTHIER LIVES CARD,THERE'S NOTHING I CAN DO

WELL, DOCTOR, THANK YOU SOMUCH FOR JOINING ME.

DR. PAUL OFFIT.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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