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Autism Debate May End Up Harming Children

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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.

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