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New Book Hopes To Dispel Myths About Vaccines And Autism

Dr. Peter Hotez discusses his new book, Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism, which combines his medical expertise with his personal experience raising his daughter.



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Dr. Peter Hotez has considerable experience with vaccines, having been part of a number of research teams developing them for diseases like human hookworm, schistosomiasis, and others.

He also has considerable experience with Autism, as his 25-year-old daughter Rachel is on the Autism Spectrum. And, like a majority of doctors and scientists, Hotez rejects the unfounded suggestions that vaccines can lead to Autism.

He takes on that myth in his new book, Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism. In it, Hotez aims to not only highlight the benefits of vaccines and disprove their connection to Autism, but he also shares insight into our current understanding of Autism. And he allows his daughter to share her experiences as a person with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks with Hotez about the book and the preponderance of scientific evidence against the anti-vaccine movement.

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