If we appreciated scientists and educators that same way we appreciate movie stars, rock stars and sports heroes then we might be able to stay out of messes like this one:
Large scale studies such as the one found here provide conclusive evidence that there is NOT a link between MMR vaccines and autism. Despite the concensus of the scientific community on this issue, inaccurate information conveyed by celebrities such as Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy has scared parents into choosing to not vaccinate their children. The result? Diseases that were being held at levels close to eradication are again on the rise.
Fortunately, stars like Amanda Peet are encouraging parents to vaccinate their kids. I still think it’s unfortunate that parents are getting their vaccination information from stars instead of scientists, but hopefully Amanda’s publicity on the issue will help.