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Stanley Plotkin on Vaccines

Stanley Plotkin isn’t very well known, at least not outside the infectious disease world.

He should be though.

Vaccines, like science in general, are under attack as never before. Yet every accusation must be evaluated, and if correct, as in the case of rotavirus, responded to with a better vaccine; and if incorrect, such as measles vaccine and autism, vigorously fought, or we will sink into another Dark Ages of mysticism  and pseudoscience.

Dr. Plotkin is a pediatrician and vaccinologist who has received many awards and:

  • developed the rubella vaccine used today made using the RA 27/3 strain of rubella virus, which replaced the original rubella vaccine developed in 1969 by Maurice Hilleman
  • developed a rabies vaccines
  • helped develop a rotavirus vaccine
  • worked on vaccines against polio and chicken pox
  • worked on a cytomegalovirus vaccine

He is also the founding father of The Pediatric Infectious Disease Society and has published over 700 publications and 4 books, including Vaccines.

Among his awards, Dr. Plotkin received the 2010 Distinguished Service Award from the PIDS, in addition to receiving the:

  • Albert B Sabin Gold Medal
  • Maurice Hilleman Award of the American Society for Microbiology
  • French Legion of Honor Medal

Dr. Plotkin was also elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

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