Thimerosal• The Bundaberg Tragedy and thimerosal• Ethylmercury versus methylmercury• Robert Kennedy “Rolling Stone” article – later retracted
HPV Vaccines• Cervical cancer vaccine becomes embroiled controversies over lobbying, parental rights, and social conservatism• Presidential politics and HPV
International Vaccine Issues• Nigeria – rumors in 2003 about polio vaccines led to decrease in vaccination, increase in cases, spread to more than 10 neighboring countries• Vaccines and catching Osama bin Laden?
Causation Versus Correlation• Correlation between two variables does not automatically imply that one causes the other• Does drinking milk cause cancer?• Do vaccines cause autism?
The Role of the Media• What is a “controversy”? Are there two sides to every story?• Giving scientists and “the University of Google” equal time• Stories that don’t get told
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