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When Whale.to is Your Source, You’re Probably Wrong, Jake

June 18, 2011

In an unfortunate display of whale.to dipping, Jake Crosby repeats misinformation regarding Dr. Paul Offit and his role on the ACIP and with the rotavirus vaccines.

Last year, when this was raised yet again, I emailed Dr. Offit to ask as the ACIP minutes from that time are not available electronically.

Dr. Offit responded that he voted first in October 1998 and did not vote the prior vaccine onto the schedule. Well, let Dr. Offit’s words be the record:

“1) Although I was brought onto the ACIP because of my expertise in rotaviruses and intestinal immunology, I didn’t first vote until October 1998. So I didn’t get to vote RotaShield onto the infant vaccine schedule. However, I did vote to approve RotaShield for the VFC program, which in those days could follow the vote to put a vaccine onto the schedule by several months. I was allowed to vote because I was not involved with a competing vaccine (our vaccine was still years away). Ironically, when I voted to approve RotaShield for the VFC program, I couldn’t imagine how anyone could declare a conflict of interest because the product would only compete with the vaccine we were working on. But I guess I was dammed if I did and dammed if I didn’t.

2) I left the ACIP in June 2003, three years before our vaccine (RotaTeq) was voted onto the schedule (which was in February 2006).”

In short, anyone who claims that Dr. Offit voted his own vaccine onto the schedule is misinformed (and that’s being charitable).


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