Just a Little Pinprick

I am writing in reference to your editorial.1 In my opinion, your "harsh vent" against antivaccine groups was (to say the least) unnecessary. It is true that there are inflammatory reports about treatments and scientific discoveries. However, we cannot forget that this takes place even in peer-reviewed scientific journals. I don't belong to any of these antivaccine groups. But, these groups provide a healthy equilibrium, which is beneficial to society. After all, a theory (in this case a treatme

The Scientist Staff
Jan 18, 2004

I am writing in reference to your editorial.1 In my opinion, your "harsh vent" against antivaccine groups was (to say the least) unnecessary. It is true that there are inflammatory reports about treatments and scientific discoveries. However, we cannot forget that this takes place even in peer-reviewed scientific journals. I don't belong to any of these antivaccine groups. But, these groups provide a healthy equilibrium, which is beneficial to society. After all, a theory (in this case a treatment) needs to outdo the scrutiny of people and time in order to validate itself.

Irving E. Vega, PhDResearch FellowDepartment of Neuroscience Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Fla.Vega.Irving@mayo.edu

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In response to the excellent editorial, 1 we would like to point out that there are multiple efforts attempting to counteract the misinformation surrounding vaccines. Groups working to provide accurate and reliable vaccine information include: the Vaccine Education Center at The...

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