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ACSH trustee Dr. Paul Offit, chief of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Division of Infectious Diseases, shares in this Medscape video a sad story of what happened in his hospital when a new mother declined the Tdap (tetanus-diptheria-pertussis) vaccine, and a nurse didn’t try to change her mind. The mother caught whooping cough (pertussis) a few weeks later and her two-month-old died, despite heroic measures to save the baby's life. Dr. Offit calls on health care workers to be more passionate in explaining the potential consequences of refusing the Tdap shot and other...

An excerpt from Do You Believe in Magic, by ACSH trustee Dr. Paul Offit was published in the latest issue of The Atlantic magazine. We ve told you in the past of our great admiration for his work in this area, but can t resist providing some more compliments.

This excerpt is a must-read for those who don t think they have time for the whole book, but want to understand how we...

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 12.34.25 PMWe at ACSH have always considered ourselves to be honored to have a man such as Dr. Paul Offit on our board of trustees. His fierce commitment to public health, as well as his astonishing contributions to vaccine research makes him nothing short of a hero to our organization, and many others.

Dr. Offit s superb September 24th Wall Street Journal op-ed, entitled The Anti-Vaccination Epidemic provides further evidence of the enormous influence and contribution...

When some of the public hears about vaccines today, they may think of Andrew Wakefield's fraudulent links to autism or Jenny McCarthy’s use of her Hollywood megaphone to polarize the issue as well as encourage the spread of an anti-vaccine movement.  

Truth be told, for a time public opinion did shift and philosophical exemptions boomed, primarily in states like California, Washington, and Oregon. Preventable diseases blossomed. 

As science stood largely silent, Dr. Paul Offit - Chief of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and long-time trustee and supporter of the American Council on Science and Health - took to the helm to fight the noble battle on behalf of children’s health and safety.  He...

Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 2.48.07 PMYesterday, we reported on Dr. Paul Offit s dead-on op-ed in the New York Times, where he thoroughly decimated the concept that there is a fundamental conflict between religion and modern medicine, specifically vaccination.

Dr. Offit, who is the chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children s Hospital of...

Screen Shot 2015-02-10 at 1.15.28 PMACSH trustee Dr. Paul Offit takes on a very sensitive topic in his op-ed in today s New York Times: How is it possible to reconcile the clash of mandatory immunization and religion an impossible task if ever there was one.

Yet Offit, a world renowned expert on vaccines, who is the chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, really nails it in...

Screen Shot 2014-05-01 at 1.20.26 PMAlthough he is still a still a journalism student at the University of New Haven, Brandon Bisceglia s op-ed on the Science 2.0 website is dead on, and well worth the read.

He begins, Philadelphia was under attack through the winter and spring of 1991.The name of the enemy? Measles. The Philadelphia outbreak the city s first since 1954 - began in October 1990, and quickly...

offit-book-cover1Although it was released just yesterday, Dr. Paul Offit s masterpiece Do You Believe in Magic is already having quite an impact, as demonstrated by a very comprehensive article by Liz Szabo in yesterday s USA today.

Dr. Offit, who is the Chief of Infectious Disease at the Children s Hospital of Philadelphia (and one of our trustees...

vaccineIn their 2011 book, Vaccine Safety and Your Child: Separating Fact from Fiction, Dr. Paul A. Offit and Charlotte Moser explained how vaccines are made, how they are tested, and how they work all while taking into consideration the fact that some parents may be hesitant to have their children vaccinated although these hesitations are unfounded. Focused on science, not hype, this guide emphasizes the safety of modern vaccines and moves through the many controversial topics surrounding inoculation. The guide individually...

While the EPA was busy creating needless regulations, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) was warning Americans about a very real public health threat, one about which ACSH has also been an active voice. Shockingly, only about forty percent of U.S. health care workers have been vaccinated against the flu. APIC, like ACSH, believes that vaccination of health care workers should be mandatory.

Last week, ACSH Trustee Dr. Paul Offit spoke about this subject during a presentation at the Manhattan Institute. Dr. Offit discussed his campaign to achieve universal...