Autism Debate May End Up Harming Children
Unfortunately, there is not a whole lot of publicly stated opposition to
Burton's position. It's not that the public-health community believes what
Burton is saying. It's that the public-health community is not taking Burton
seriously enough. They do not believe that a single congressman-grandfather, no
matter how powerful his committee chairmanship, can reverse broad public
acceptance of immunization programs.
Burton is acting as a grandfather might. But his actions as a congressman
come under a different level of scrutiny. In this case, when you read about
Burton's hearings, remember that you're hearing the voice of an angry
grandfather, not a public-health official. And don't forget to get your kids
vaccinated according to the CDC schedule.