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NOVA documentary tackles debate over vaccines


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
By David Templeton

​For sheer survival, we live with acceptable risks.

We eat knowing we might choke. We go down steps realizing we could break our necks. We drive fully aware of the 36,000 traffic fatalities each year.

That leads to the risk of vaccines. Science is clear: They are very low risk and historically effective in eliminating major deadly diseases from the nation and globe.

“NOVA: Vaccines -- Calling the Shots”

When: 9 p.m. Wednesday, WQED.

Enter what are called the “anti-vaxxers” — Jenny McCarthy and a growing minority of parents — who question vaccine safety and feed enough fear to cause a worrisome decline in immunization rates nationwide.

NOVA addresses this controversy in “Vaccines -- Calling the Shots,” which airs at 9 p.m. Wednesday on PBS.

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