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By Dr Alex B Berezow PhD
Editor Real Clear Science 

Medical myths can be as persistent as diseases

Guest Commentary

 


It’s been a tough year for public health. The U.S. is currently facing a particularly harsh influenza season, but this virus represents only one problematic pathogen.

Another is the bacterium Bordetella pertussis, the causative agent of pertussis (whooping cough). In December, Vermont declared a pertussis epidemic. Last April, so did Washington State.

Both of these infectious diseases have vaccines that can help keep them in check. However, as I discuss in my new book, Science Left Behind, myths surrounding vaccines live on to this day—like zombies that just refuse to die—preventing otherwise responsible people from getting vaccinated.

The influenza vaccine is hounded by the myth...



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