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Vaccines in the Age of Denial

Texas has become a hotbed of controversy over parents’ rights to choose whether or not to vaccinate their children, with Austin having the highest rate of legal exemptions with up to 10% in some schools. This falls harshly along socioeconomic lines, with higher rates among the advantaged. Pediatricians are embattled defending the individual and public health benefit of vaccines, while documentaries and social media evoke fear in the minds of parents that are becoming impossible to overcome. 


  1. What is the science and research surrounding the individual and public health benefits of vaccination and the potential risks?
  2. What role do social media play in the socioeconomic disparities surrounding vaccination?
  3. What are the potential risks of infectious disease, individually and epidemically, when certain thresholds of unvaccinated children are reached?



Rick Peters, CIO, Dell Medical School at UT Austin

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