the vaccine war

Press Reaction

Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times

“‘The Vaccine War’ … has only a few moments that might be illuminating to those who have been following this now familiar controversy. … Beneath the heated do-they-or-don’t-they words about vaccines themselves, there’s a more delicate question that no scientific study can answer. It involves whether parents’ rights to make choices about their children trump the needs of the community.”


Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe

“‘Frontline’ does its usual meticulous job in sifting through the scientific and medical evidence, while also making room for the wrenching human stories that make this such an emotionally charged issue.”


Ellen Gray, Philadelphia Daily News

“As unlikely as it now seems that there’s a direct tie between immunizations and autism, ‘The Vaccine War’ appears a bit too willing to dismiss the very real concerns parents have for their children as selfishness toward the rest of us.”


Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times

“I am pretty sure that this hour will not change any minds already made up; vaccine skeptics will likely feel it does not take them seriously enough, and vaccine defenders will probably think the skeptics are given too much credit. Yet it may well clarify a few things for those who are less sure of the facts or their intuitions, if it doesn’t make them more confused.”


Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly

“‘The Vaccine War’ presents both sides of the controversy over whether young children should be vaccinated for diseases such as measles and polio, and in a rare display of TV-news common sense and independence, one side is shown to be -- sorry -- wrong. Frontline’s documentary will, I hope, leave any sensible viewer feeling that you’d have be deluded or selfish not to have your kids vaccinated.”


posted april 27, 2010

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