“It’s hard to un-ring the bell”: Talking about the vaccine-autism myth (& more) with Dr. Paul Offit

Portrait photo of a man, light-skinned with grayish hair and wire rimmed, oval glasses, in a blue dress shirt, gazing forward pensivelyI spoke with vaccine researcher and expert Dr. Paul Offit, whose book Autism’s False Prophets explores false narratives about autism, including the myth that the MMR vaccine causes autism. We talked about that history, as well as the present challenge of the current anti-vaccine movement and the need to speak the truth, even when it’s complicated.

Listen to the podcast by playing the audio file below, or on streaming sites like Spotify, Stitcher or ApplePodcasts.
Transcript below.


Transcript: Transcript_P_Offit_NCPodcast_11_23

Dr. Offit is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center and an attending physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is an award-winning and internationally recognized expert in the fields of virology and immunology, and is a past  member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to the CDC and currently a member of the Food and Drug Administration Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee.