I recently came across a study which tried to place blame for a 2012 Pertussis outbreak on an unvaccinated population. While it is possible that this population was the source of the infection, the study methodology, as is often the case with vaccine studies, was flawed and so the study constitutes little more than fuel for a witch hunt. Normally I just comment on these studies, and provide my analysis for my readers. However, because this study was conducted by members of a government agency, I decided I might as well respond in a more direct fashion by sending the agency an email.
Dear Mr. Robison,
I technically did get a response, but it carries with it no meaning. Here it is.
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about our study. We appreciate your interest in this subject and always welcome people’s comments on our work. The Oregon Immunization Program works to reduce the incidence of vaccine-preventable disease in Oregon. Our staff members seek to identify and promote evidence-based public health best practices to both the public and health care professionals throughout the state.
Manager, Oregon Immunization Program
As anyone can see, this is more or less just a generic cookie cutter response.