If you have read any of the recent measles outbreak coverage, you may have come across an interview with Dr. Peter Hotez, a vaccine scientist who studies neglected tropical diseases. He is also the father of a young lady with autism, named Rachel. This combination puts him at the intersection of concerns related to vaccines and autism. Recently, he decided to share his personal story and experiences in a book published by Johns Hopkins University Press, Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism.

Although I have not read this book (yet), Dr. Hotez has done a series of interviews related to the book’s release in which he discusses the importance of scientists speaking up, his experiences supporting the science, and why he chose to share his personal story.

One of these interviews was published by Johns Hopkins Global Health NOW. Written by Brian W. Simpson, "Peter Hotez: It’s Time for Scientists to Speak Up for Science,” was published on Nov. 8, 2018.

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