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Physicians, Scientists Must Work With Journalists To Accurately Report Infectious Disease Risk, Vaccine Benefits

USA TODAY: We must separate fact from fiction on health
Peter Hotez, president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine

“…I believe we scientists and physicians need to do a much better job getting the message [about infectious disease risks] out to the public and the media. Our failure to do so is one reason the U.S. public overreacted to Ebola last fall and continues to underreact to the real infectious disease threats facing us now. Communicating public health threats to the American public requires a closer partnership among the communities of scientists, physicians, and journalists. It will take new approaches and hard work. But it can be done” (2/8).

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