Anti-vax

Wakefield advocating against pro-vaccination bill in California

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Medical community pariah antivaccination advocate Andrew Wakefield speaks at Life Chiropractic College West in California and continues his spreading of dangerous fear-mongering misinformation and ignorance. Anti-vaccine leader tells parents to fight immunization bill. Andrew Wakefield, the British scientist and former physician whose discredited research linking autism and immunizations helped launch a worldwide anti-vaccination movement, encouraged…

Stop sharing this insane warning about vaccines and drug use!

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This photo was making rounds this past weekend on Facebook and Twitter. Many people who should know better were blinded by the appalling ridiculousness and passed it along as a demonstration of stupidity. Stop. You are making things worse! Even by trying to express outrage, you will be amazed at how many will not read an explanation…

Toronto Star in backpedaling mode after major screw up about Gardasil shot (UPDATE: Retraction)

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UPDATE (24-Feb-2015) This story has been retracted by the Toronto Star. Good. A rare event: Toronto Star retracts fear-mongering vaccine story Fifteen days after publishing a widely-criticized article linking anecdotal health problems to the HPV vaccine Gardasil, the Toronto Star has issued a retraction. As Retraction Watch notes, a newspaper retraction is rare. But something…

Anonymous commenters undermining science have negative impact. We knew this.

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This is further justification why we do not allow anti-science commenters on this site. It’s not a debate but the reader often does not know that. Healthcare websites are attempting to educate about health risks but a new study shows, surprisingly, that readers may be influenced more by online comments than by credible public service announcements.…

Tenpenny’s anti-vax Australia trip scuttled

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In an update to this story earlier this month about an anti-vaccination informational tour, Anti-vaccination ​campaigner Sherri Tenpenny cancels Australian tour The Guardian. Eight venues had cancelled because of opposition, mainly by parents, to a message that did not support children’s health. However, the Tenpenny party said something much different and highly questionable. The controversial US anti-vaccination…

Vaccines required but some remain ignorantly defiant

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A series of articles showed up online today highlighting mandated vaccinations. Some people, however, continue to hold misinformed views and are willing to sacrifice for it. Foster mom says she’s willing to lose infant over flu shot mandate In Washington state, foster families are under a new mandate that everyone in their house needs a…

Tenpenny’s anti-vaccination tour hits a snag in Australia (Update)

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This isn’t censorship, it is a public health stance. There is no excuse for allowing peddling of ridiculous anti-science nonsense that endangers the lives of children. Pro-vaccine advocates wish to disallow Tenpenny to have a soapbox to spout anti-vax propaganda. Sherri Tenpenny: Sydney venue cancels seminar of US anti-vaccination campaigner. Pressure is mounting against a planned…

Homeopathy Plus unequivocally NOT a safer alternative to vaccination says court

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Breaking News delivered from Guy Chapman today. Homeopathy Plus has received a major smackdown from the Australian courts. A complaint regarding their advertisement of homeopathy as a “safer” alternative to vaccination, specifically for pertussis has been deemed misleading and deceptive. Homeopathy Plus is the trading identity of Australian homeopath Fran Sheffield (who originated the petition to…

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…

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…

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…