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Vaccines—Calling the Shots

Examine the science behind vaccinations, the return of preventable diseases, and the risks of opting out. Airing September 10, 2014 at 9 pm on PBS Aired September 10, 2014 on PBS

Program Description

Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago—whooping cough, measles, mumps—are returning, in part because nervous parents are skipping their children’s shots. NOVA's "Vaccines—Calling the Shots" takes viewers around the world to track epidemics, explore the science behind vaccinations, hear from parents wrestling with vaccine-related questions, and shed light on the risks of opting out.

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WRITTEN, PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY
Sonya Pemberton
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Michael Rosenfeld
Sonya Pemberton
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Harry Panagiotidis
EDITORS
Wayne Hyett A.S.E.
Mark Atkin A.S.E.
NARRATOR
Sharon Washington
SCIENTIFIC ADVISORS
Joseph Buxbaum
Lauri Markowitz
Glen Nowak
Walter Orenstein
FOR GENEPOOL PRODUCTIONS
LINE PRODUCERS
Josephine Wright
Malvina Martin
Roslyn Walker
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION
Toni Malone
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Harry Panagiotidis
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER/2ND UNIT DIRECTOR
Faye Welborn
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Sally Storey
SOUND RECORDISTS
Martin Keir
Johnny Camillo
Anton Herbert
Paul Rusnak
RESEARCHERS
Florienne Loder
James Shirvill
Michiko Smith
FIELD COORDINATORS
Edward Eberwine Iii
Collin Smith
Ashley Tindall
ARCHIVE RESEARCHER
Nora Niasari
Supported by SBS/Film Victoria Traineeship Program
SCIENTIFIC ADVISORS (AUSTRALIA)
Robert Booy
Julie Leask
SCRIPT ADVISORS
Jenny Royle
Andrew Masterson
ORIGINAL MUSIC
Peter Dasent
© 2014 Origin Music Publishing (APRA)
Music recorded and mixed by Robin Gist
SOUND DESIGNER
Tristan Meredith
ANIMATION AND VISUAL FX
21-19
CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Domenico Bartolo
POST PRODUCTION FACILITY
City Post
COLORIST
Dee McClelland
ASSISTANT EDITORS
Lidia Costa
Lucy Paplinska
ONLINE EDITOR
Belinda Fithie
PRODUCTION ACCOUNTANT
Bronwyn Speziale
BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Katie Shortland
CJZ EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Michael Cordell
SBS COMMISSIONING EDITOR
John Godfrey
FOR TANGLED BANK STUDIOS
HEAD OF TELEVISION AND FILM
Michael Rosenfeld
EXECUTIVE IN CHARGE
Sean Carroll
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Lori Beane
SENIOR PRODUCERS
David Elisco Anne Tarrant
SENIOR RESEARCHER
Laura Helft
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Lorri Garcia-Cottrell
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Bailey Frankel
POST PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR
Arjun Rao
ASSISTANT TO THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Wilma Davis
TRANSMEDIA/MARKETING LEAD
Anne Zeiser
ARCHIVAL MATERIALS
Bentley Reference Library
Bibliothèque de L'Académie Nationale de Médecine
CDC/Mary Hilperthauser/Stafford Smith/Meredith Hickson/ Dr John Noble, Jr.
CNN
Critical Past
December Media / Pemberton Films
Eli Lilly
EUFA
Getty Images
Julian Harneis
L’Oreal Women in Science footage
Directed by Alexandre Auvigne, Courtesy of Phénomène, France
The Mutter Museum
NBC Universal
Staplegun
Prelinger Archives
Additional footage from ‘Jabbed – Love, Fear And Vaccines’
Developed with the assistance of Film Victoria
© 2013 Genepool Productions, Screen Australia and SBS Corporation
SPECIAL THANKS
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
The University of Oklahoma
The University of California
The University of Michigan
The Oregon Health & Science University Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
The City of New York
Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment
Grand Central Terminal
Oklahoma Film & Music Office
City of Philadelphia
Greater Philadelphia Film Office
Quality Health Center
San Francisco Recreation and Park Department
NOVA SERIES GRAPHICS
yU + co.
NOVA THEME MUSIC
Walter Werzowa
John Luker
Musikvergnuegen, Inc.
ADDITIONAL NOVA THEME MUSIC
Ray Loring
Rob Morsberger
CLOSED CAPTIONING
The Caption Center
POST PRODUCTION ONLINE EDITOR
Spencer Gentry
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Jennifer Welsh
PUBLICITY
Eileen Campion
Eddie Ward
SENIOR RESEARCHER
Kate Becker
ASSOCIATE RESEARCHER
Shraddha Chakradhar
NOVA ADMINISTRATOR
Kristen Sommerhalter
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Linda Callahan
PARALEGAL
Sarah Erlandson
TALENT RELATIONS
Janice Flood
LEGAL COUNSEL
Susan Rosen
DIGITAL MANAGING PRODUCER
Kristine Allington
SENIOR DIGITAL EDITOR
Tim De Chant
DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL MEDIA
Lauren Aguirre
DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE
Lisa Leombruni
UNIT MANAGER
Ariam McCrary
POST PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Brittany Flynn
SUPERVISING PRODUCER
Kevin Young
POST PRODUCTION EDITOR
Rebecca Nieto
BROADCAST MANAGER
Nathan Gunner
BUSINESS MANAGER
Elizabeth Benjes
DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER
David Condon
PROJECT DIRECTOR
Pamela Rosenstein
COORDINATING PRODUCER
Laurie Cahalane
SENIOR SCIENCE EDITOR
Evan Hadingham
SENIOR PRODUCERS
Julia Cort Chris Schmidt
SENIOR SERIES PRODUCER
Melanie Wallace
MANAGING DIRECTOR
Alan Ritsko
SENIOR EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Paula S. Apsell

A NOVA Production by Tangled Bank Studios, LLC in association with Genepool Productions Pty. Ltd. for WGBH Boston.

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Tangled Bank Studios, LLC is a production company established and funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Additional Material © 2014 WGBH Educational Foundation

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This program was produced by WGBH, which is solely responsible for its content

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Participants

Dr. Daryl Efron
Pediatrician, The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne www.rch.org.au/ccch/media/Dr_Daryl_Efron/
Marianna Fastovsky
Dr. Simon Fensterszaub
General Practitioner
Dr. Dan Geschwind
Autism Geneticist, University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine people.healthsciences.ucla.edu/research/institution/personnel?personnel_id=8903
Sam Jackson
Dr. Heidi Larson
Anthropologist, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine www.vaccineconfidence.org/people.html
Gabriella Makstman
Dr. Amy Middleman
Adolescent Medicine Specialist, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Sir Gustav Nossal
Immunologist, The University of Melbourne www.sciencearchive.org.au/scientists/interviews/n/gn.html
Dr. Paul Offit
Infectious Disease Specialist, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia paul-offit.com/about/
Yulia Patsay
Tom Philbin
David Salamone
John Salamone
Kathy Salamone
Dr. Ingrid Scheffer
Pediatric Neurologist, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health www.ingridscheffer.com/
Alison Singer
Autism Science Foundation www.autismsciencefoundation.org/about/leadership/board-of-directors
Carolyn Thompson
Dr. Brian Zikmund-Fisher
Decision Psychologist, University of Michigan www.sph.umich.edu/iscr/faculty/profile.cfm?uniqname=bzikmund
Dr. Jane Zucker
Infectious Disease Specialist, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

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