Vaccines – Calling the Shots
Measles. Mumps. Whooping cough. Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago are returning. Across America and around the globe, children are getting sick and dying from preventable diseases—in part, because some parents are choosing to skip their children’s shots. How and why do vaccines work? What are the biggest concerns and misconceptions, and what are the risks to the child and society when people decide to forego immunisation? The award-winning science series NOVA helps viewers find the answers they need.
Misinformation about vaccines can spread quickly, creating confusion about the relative risks of vaccinating vs. not vaccinating.VACCINES–CALLING THE SHOTS is an important new film that encourages parents to ask questions and use the best available evidence to make decisions about how to protect their children.
This documentary travels the globe to provide the latest evidence and answers. Featuring scientists, pediatricians, psychologists, anthropologists, and parents wrestling with vaccine-related questions, the hour-long film explores the history and science behind vaccinations, tracks outbreaks, and sheds light on the risks of opting out. The film, produced for NOVA by Tangled Bank Studios in association with Genepool Productions, premieres Wednesday, September 10 at 9PM/8c on PBS.
‘Vaccines – calling the shots’ is a new version of the award winning Australian feature length documentary ‘Jabbed – love, fear and vaccines’ funded by Screen Australia, SBS Australia and Film Victoria.
Writer Director Producer
Director of Photography
WAYNE HYETT A.S.E.
MARK ATKIN A.S.E.
For Genepool Productions
Director of Production
Associate Producer/2nd Unit Director
EDWARD EBERWINE III
Supported by SBS/Film Victoria Traineeship Program
Scientific Advisors (Australia)
Animation and Visual FX 21-19
Creative Director DOMENICO BARTOLO
Designer/Animator STEPHEN ELLIGET
Designer/Animator GLENN HATTON
Designer/Animator ASHLEY MILLOTT
Designer/Animator TOM FRASER
Post Production Facility
© 2014 Origin Music Publishing (APRA)
Piano PETER DASENT
Viola JAMES ECCLES
Cello OLIVER MILLER
Double Bass JONATHAN ZWARTZ
Percussion FABIAN HEVIA
Vocals ("Frere Jacques") COCO DASENT
Music recorded and mixed by ROBIN GIST
CJZ Executive Producer
SBS Commissioning Editor
For Tangled Bank Studios
Head of Television and Film
Executive in Charge
Director of Operations
Post Production Supervisor
Assistant to the Executive Producer
Tangled Bank Studios, LLC is a production company established and funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Bentley Reference Library
Bibliothèque de L'Académie Nationale de Médecine
CDC/Mary Hilperthauser/Stafford Smith/Meredith Hickson/
Dr John Noble, Jr.
December Media / Pemberton Films
L’Oreal Women in Science footage
Directed by Alexandre Auvigne, Courtesy of Phénomène, France
The Mutter Museum
Additional footage from ‘JABBED - love fear and vaccines’
Developed with the assistance of Film Victoria
©2013 Genepool Productions, Screen Australia and SBS Corporation
Thank you to all those who participated in the making of this film.
Special Thanks to
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
The University of Oklahoma
The University of California
The University of Michigan
The Oregon Health & Science University Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
The City of New York
Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment
Grand Central Terminal
Oklahoma Film & Music Office
City of Philadelphia
Greater Philadelphia Film Office
Quality Health Center
San Francisco Recreation and Park Department
Senior Executive Producer
PAULA S. APSELL
A NOVA Production by Tangled Bank Studios, LLC
in association with Genepool Productions Pty. Ltd.
for WGBH Boston.