Vaxxed emotional appeal – putting kids at risk

The Vaxxed emotional appeal, not supported by scientific evidence, can and will put kids at risk. To help those of you who will see the movie, I’ve created a flier to hand out to attendees that refutes much of the misinformation presented in the documentary.

The goal of this flier is to provide a  concise explanation of some of the problems with the movie Vaxxed, with links for those who want to delve deeper or see the support for the points made. Use it however you need to.

Some ways I think it might be useful are:

  1. If you are protesting or attending a screening and want to provide a short handout to help counter the movie’s misinformation.
  2. If you want to explain to people who have or have not seen the movie why it is not a good source of information – including friends, policy maker, or theaters considering whether to show it.

I hope this handout helps. Please also note Dawn Pedersen’s wonderful flier on the movie:

Vaxxed emotional appeal – flier


Vaxxed: Misleading Appeal to Emotion that Puts Kids at Risk

Vaxxed falsely claims a link between MMR and autism in African American children. This is false because:

Vaxxed claims there is a conspiracy by the CDC to hide the link between vaccines and autism:

Vaxxed claims vaccines are tested less thoroughly than other pharmaceuticals. In fact, vaccines are tested and monitored more carefully:

Andrew Wakefield, director of Vaxxed, has a documented history of misrepresentations and was found guilty of serious ethical violations and struck off the medical register by the British General Medical Council.  He is not a credible source of information on vaccines and this movie reinforces it.

For a list of reviews of Vaxxed, see:

Easy-to-print one page pdf file: Problems with Vaxxed.

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Dorit Rubinstein Reiss
This article is by Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law (San Francisco, CA), is a frequent contributor to this and many other blogs, providing in-depth, and intellectually stimulating, articles about vaccines, medical issues, social policy and the law. 

Professor Reiss writes extensively in law journals about the social and legal policies of vaccination. Additionally, Reiss is also member of the Parent Advisory Board of Voices for Vaccines, a parent-led organization that supports and advocates for on-time vaccination and the reduction of vaccine-preventable disease.