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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Stein Takes Flak on Autism and Vaccines

In The Politics of Autism, I discuss the issue's role in presidential campaigns.    Previous posts excerpted the Republican platform and the Democratic platform.  Posts have also discussed Green Party candidate Jill Stein's equivocation on vaccines.

Stein appeared yesterday in Newark, Delaware. Matt Bittle reports at Delaware State News:
During the question-and-answer portion, one man pressed her about vaccines, leading to an outcry from other members of the audience. Earlier this year, Dr. Stein told the Washington Post she had “real questions” about vaccines, raising questions from some who thought she was lending credence to a largely discredited theory that posits vaccines cause autism.
She said Friday she believes a comprehensive study needs to be done to determine who developmental disabilities are increasing but “there is no evidence linking autism and vaccines.”
As the man continued to push Dr. Stein to go farther in repudiating the autism claim, interrupting her at one point, other listeners began calling for the next question, and the candidate turned her attention to another member of the audience.