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Two threats to the public-health good of childhood vaccines ... a fragment

From something in the pipeline:

The tremendous benefit that our society enjoys by virtue of universal childhood immunizations is being put in jeopardy by two threats.  The first is the deliberate miscommunication of scientific evidence on vaccine safety. The second is  our society’s persistent neglect of the best available scientific evidence on risk communication.  Indeed, these two threats are linked: the void created by the absence of scientifically informed, professional risk communication is predictably being filled by uniformed, ad hoc, unprofessional alternatives, which nourish the state of confusion that miscommunicators aim to sow.  The value of the scientific knowledge embodied in childhood vaccinations demands a commensurate investment in effectively using science to protect the science communication environment in which ordinary members of the public come to know what is known by science. Every constituent of the public health establishment—from government agencies to research universities, from professional associations to philanthropic organizations—must contribute its share to this vital public good.

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