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Anti-vaccination sentiment continues to kill workers in Pakistan

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Religious extremist and deep distrust coupled by anti-science sentiment results in health care workers killed trying to save lives in Pakistan. Attackers kill 4 polio workers in Pakistan – CNN.com. Four members of a polio vaccination team were killed in an attack by militants in western Pakistan’s Balochistan province on Wednesday, police said. Attackers on…

Catholic priests in Kenya preaching unfounded claim about tetanus vaccine

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This story is making the rounds on unreliable “news” sites like Natural News. Back in October, the BBC ran a story on how the fear being stoked about tetanus vaccinations is unfounded. But are Kenyans listening. ‘A mass sterilization exercise’: Kenyan doctors find anti-fertility agent in UN tetanus vaccine. Kenya’s Catholic bishops are charging two…

Confirmed: Death of girl IS NOT vaccine-related

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The medical examiner says that the HPV vaccine she was administered was safe and not the cause of her death that same day. Instead, it appears she suffered an overdose of antihistamines. Medical examiner: Girl’s death not caused by HPV vaccination A much-touted vaccine given to teens and preteens to prevent cancers caused by a…

Death from whooping cough: Child becomes statistic in Australia

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No details have been provided but another baby has died from whooping cough in Australia. Anti-vaccine sentiment from misinformation organizations such as the former Australian Vaccination Network, and the now-retracted paper from Andrew Wakefield, has contributed to lower immunization rates and, subsequently, more deaths around the world. Dead baby was not protected from whooping cough…

State Farm is there – dropping anti-vax spokesperson Schneider

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An insurance company should not support nonsensical medical claims. State Farm drops ad starring Rob Schneider over anti-vaccine views | PR Week. State Farm has pulled an ad featuring anti-vaccine activist Rob Schneider after a social media campaign urged the insurance company to end its affiliation with the actor. Social media pages Food Hunk, Science…

Vaccine sabotage suspected in childrens’ deaths in Syria (UPDATE: Not Sabotage)

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A devastating setback to the fight against the measles epidemic in Syria. At least 34 Syrian children die from contaminated measles vaccine |  The Guardian. At least 34 children have died in rebel-held Syria after being injected with contaminated measles vaccines, the rebel government said on Tuesday, warning that the deaths might be caused by…

Colombia town reports mystery illness in 200 girls but psychogenic illness suspected

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This is what looks to be a textbook case of mass psychogenic illness (crudely known as “mass hysteria”). It is extremely common in schools, the symptoms are vague and non-life threatening and can be psychogenic. The cause is always suspected to be an environmental or medical factor. In this case, the fear of the moment is…

Anti-vaxxers in Australia get their info into hospitals and hire new prez

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Australia’s anti-vax network continues their underhanded deeds by sneaking their propaganda into info packs given to mothers of newborns. Low? No, not really, par for the course for this propaganda group. Queensland Health pulls Australian Vaccination-Skeptics leaflet from pregnancy pack | Gold Coast Bulletin. A LEAFLET promoting the Australian Vaccination-Sceptics Network (AVN) has been pulled…

Time to publicly shame people who are STILL anti-vaccination?

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This is something that most of us already knew. Vaccines are safe, effective, and do not cause autism. Childhood vaccines are safe. Seriously. – CNN.com. Children should get vaccinated against preventable and potentially deadly diseases. Period. That’s what a review of more than 20,000 scientific studies on childhood vaccines concludes this week. The review appears…

Brainwashed mom kidnaps child to avoid vaccination

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A child remains missing presumably with her anti-vaccination mother who decided to break the law and risk permanent loss of custody instead of getting her vaccinated. Anti-vaccination kidnapping: Police looking for Megan Everett and daughter – Sun Sentinel. A Sunrise woman who disappeared with her 2-year-old daughter last month to avoid having the child vaccinated…

Measles on a roll thanks to the unvaccinated

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No one has yet died but why would you NOT want to avoid getting sick and possibly getting health complications from a perfectly preventable illness? A parent would take away even a sore throat or tummy ache if they could, let alone a serious infection. The CDC has released numbers on measles. And we see the…

Whooping cough outbreak at Pittsburgh high school

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It seems unusual for an outbreak at a high school. The danger is really that it can be passed on to infants who can DIE from pertussis. 11 cases of whooping cough reported at local high school; Officials urge vaccinating Pittsburgh Public Schools officials and the Allegheny County Health Department have confirmed 11 cases of…

AVN labeled source of unreliable information by health care commission

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Australian health commission take strong public stand against the organization formerly known as the Australian Vaccinations Network. They have since changed their name to the Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network which is just another in a long line of acts that show how truly mischievous and devious they are. Health regulator issues public warning about Australian Vaccination-skeptics…

Epidemic is only a plane ride away

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A reminder that our cosmopolitan world works wonders for germs, even in some of our least modern citizens. Measles outbreak traced to Amish. Sixteen confirmed cases of the highly contagious disease have shown up around the Knox County village of Danville, less than 20 miles south of Richland County. Four members of an Amish community…

AP poll has experts lamenting science literacy – It’s more complicated

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Should we be surprised by this? No, I’m not. Disappointed, maybe. But, we should be used to these results by now. Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans. Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they express bigger doubts as concepts that scientists consider to be truths get further from our own…

Jenny McCarthy claims she’s not anti-vax

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McCarthy tries to save face by pulling back on her anti-vax stance. She fails. Former Playboy model, Jenny McCarthy, pens op-ed: ‘I am not anti-vaccine’. Former playmate and current hostess of The View, Jenny McCarthy got the opportunity to “clarify” her thoughts on vaccines and autism Saturday in an Op-Ed published in the Chicago Sun-Times.…

Thanks anti-vaxxers for putting babies in the hospital

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It’s time to brutally honest and spread the word. Mumps, pertussis and measles outbreaks are making kids sick. Very sick. This is almost entirely preventable. Get your children vaccinated or YOU are contributing to their suffering, even death. Mumps outbreak has sickened 153, including 9-month-old baby The number of Ohioans sickened in a mumps outbreak…

Let’s go have a drink at Chili’s! CHEERS

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When informed consumers go at your company, it’s advisable to pay attention. Is this latest skirmish between anti-vax promoters and a major restaurant chain a turning point in vaccination awareness? We covered this story in leftovers yesterday but it has hit the mainstream press today. I think that’s a VERY good thing. The autism org…