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Top Israeli immunologist's views on vaccines trigger furor

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Science  08 Nov 2019:
Vol. 366, Issue 6466, pp. 675
DOI: 10.1126/science.366.6466.675

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In September, Yehuda Shoenfeld, a well-known Israeli immunologist and editor-in-chief of both journals of the Israel Medical Association, decided to publish a positive review of an anonymous antivaccine book in Harefuah, IMA's Hebrew-language journal. The decision caused an uproar in Israel's medical community. The Association of Public Health Physicians called for an investigation and Shoenfeld's resignation as editor-in-chief. Shoenfeld defends his decision and says the medical community is trying to silence vaccine critics. Shoenfeld has proposed that adjuvants, compounds added to vaccines to boost an immune reaction, can lead to a chronic activation of the immune system, causing a range of symptoms. His association with the antivaccine movement goes back many years, and he has spoken at several of its meetings.

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