About The Panic Virus

Seth Mnookin is a Lecturer at MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing. In addition to this blog, he also founded the PLoS blog MIT SciWrite. His most recent book, The Panic Virus: The True Story Behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy, has received international praise: The New York Times said it was a “tour-de-force” and The Wall Street Journal called it “a brilliant piece of reportage and science writing” that “should be required reading at every medical school in the world.”

He is also the author of the 2006 New York Times-bestseller Feeding the Monster: How Money, Smarts, and Nerve Took a Team to the Top, which chronicles the challenges and triumphs of the John Henry-Tom Werner ownership group of the Boston Red Sox. His first book, 2004′s Hard News: The Scandals at The New York Times and Their Meaning for American Media, was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year.

Since 2005, Seth has been a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, where he’s written about the American media presence in Iraq, Bloomberg News, and Stephen Colbert. In 2002 and 2003, he was a senior writer at Newsweek, where he wrote the media column “Raw Copy” and also covered politics and popular culture.

His work has appeared in numerous publications, including New York, Wired, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Spin, Slate, Salon.com, and other publications. A former music columnist for The New York Observer, he began his journalism career as a rock critic for the now-defunct webzine Addicted to Noise and has also worked as a crime reporter at The Palm Beach Post, a city hall reporter at the Forward, a presidential campaign reporter at Brill’s Content, and a jack-of-all-trades at Inside.com. He graduated from Harvard College in 1994 with a degree in History and Science, and was a 2004 Joan Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. A native of Newton, Massachusetts, he and his wife currently live in Cambridge with their seven-year-old dog and their two-year-old son.

4 Responses to About The Panic Virus

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  2. Theresa H. says:

    I know that severe and possibly permanente side effects from vaccinations such as DPT are real. My 2 children, now 20 and 16 were affected. I am still very angry, but have been trying to accept as ‘Fate’. No place to turn but only to God.

    I am a professional in medical field. I understand both, pro and anti-vaccination views. I feel my previous pro-vaccination view somehow hurt my children. Every parents should be informed everything about each and every vaccination that are administered to their children, from manufacuring process, experimental studies, FDA approval process to possible side effects.

    Every parents has all the right to be panic, and to refuse vaccination to their young children. I think the timing of vaccination to infants needed to be re-examined. Thank you.


  3. Chris says:

    “No place to turn but only to God. ”

    How did your claim with the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program go?

    Since you said you are a “professional in medical field”, and the information about VAERS and NVICP is given on the Vaccine Information Sheets that you got as required by federal law for each vaccine, do not claim you did not know about it.

    Also, your sixteen year old most likely never had the DTP, because it was replaced by the DTaP in 1997.

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