The fact that so many people still believe vaccines cause autism is due to many factors — but ultimately, I think it’s a failure of communication on virtually every level.
Today, Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, unintentionally provided another example of how the medical infrastructure in this country has a lot to learn in that department. In what was intended to be a partial antidote to the embarrassing PBS Newshour series “Autism Now,” Pediatrics released 18 vaccine-safety reports for free. As far as scientific journal articles goes, they’re fairly easy to understand…but compare Pediatrics‘s point of entry:
eFirst artices are published online in advance of appearing in standard issue of the journal. These articles have been peer-reviewed, edited, typeset, and approved by the author.
Click the [Abstract] link to view an article. Use the ‘Get All Checked Abstract(s)’ button at the bottom of the page to review multiple abstracts; select the abstracts by checking the boxes to the left of the titles. Click the [PDF] link to view an article.
with that of Newshour:
The PBS NewsHour is launching a special series of reports, both on-air and online, about a puzzling disorder that touches many lives across the U.S.: Autism Now will take a unique — and uniquely personal — look at how the condition impacts families, schools and communities.
Now tell me: If you were a parent seeking information, which website would you be more likely to click on?