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Vaccine myths and challenges

Kirstin R.W. Matthews

Vaccine myths and challenges.

By Kirstin R.W. Matthews and Melody T. Tan

In 2017, the Texas House of Representatives held public hearings on two bills related to mandatory vaccinations for school-age children. In this issue brief, the authors dispel five common misconceptions about vaccines that were raised during the hearings. 

For a second brief, the authors reviewed transcripts of the hearings to identify and analyze the witnesses' key arguments against vaccinations.