Anti-vax

Muller talks in jail, while FBI listens – Vaccine isn’t a good excuse

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A strange and bogus excuse of vaccines side-effect will not wash in this criminal case. But several media outlets have choses the “vaccine” bit as their headline. Such use will promote misunderstanding regardless if people see that there is no basis for it. The man charged in a California kidnapping that police initially dismissed as a…

Parental dispute over vaccinations and upbringing resulted in kidnapping

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News snippet: Megan Elizabeth Everett, 23, did not want her daughter, Lilly, vaccinated and was with a man that supported the Confederacy and loved guns. Lilly’s Dad strongly disagreed. A Sunrise woman who disappeared with her 2-year-old daughter in May 2014, reportedly to avoid having the girl vaccinated, was caught Monday and arrested on a…

Explanatory labeling for homeopathic products in Canada

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News snippet: Good news out of Canada. But will labeling help? Homeopathic products promoted to parents will need to be clear they are not vaccines or alternatives to vaccines, Health Canada says. The department announced Friday it is introducing label changes for certain homeopathic products. Health Canada said it will also no longer allow companies to make specific…

First American measles death in over a decade

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Anti-vax sites say that death of measles is so rare, it’s barely worth talking about. Until a totally preventable death rolls around. And why ignore all the hospitalizations and complications from measles – also preventable with vaccinations. If less people get vaccinated, measles will spread and MORE deaths than one or two will occur. This…

Jim Carrey bent on ruining his career with dumb Twitter rant about vaccines

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Once again, an ACTOR is telling the public about a serious HEALTH concern that exists only in the anti-vax community. A celebrity critic of vaccines and former partner of another star with an autistic child has taken to social media to denounce a new California law requiring most children be vaccinated. Source: Jim Carrey denounces new Calif.…

Child died from complication from ear infection; parents face criminal charges

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Profound ignorance kills children. An 18 month old child is dead because the parents did not get her medical attention, instead treating her with homeopathy and herbal meds. Ebed S. Delozier, 29, and Christine E. Delozier, 34, both of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, are charged with involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of children this week after an investigation showed…

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…

German court soundly smacks measles denier

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This biologist held some very bizarre idea about measles, ignoring the fact that we know exactly what virus DOES cause measles and can readily identify it and create vaccines that guard against it. He didn’t agree measles exists and insists it CAN’T exist. What does loudmouthed ignorance cost you? Lots. Pay up. Measles doubter must…

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.…

Arizona facing major measles outbreak right before Super Bowl

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Measles update: It’s affecting several states now (including CA, AZ, OR, UT, WA, NE and possibly PA) and in Mexico, prompting the CDC to issue a health advisory. Arizona officials have confirmed seven cases just days before the Super Bowl is held there. Officials: Up to 1K possibly exposed to measles in Ariz. With as…

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…

Are high vaccine rejection rates in California a result of social pressure?

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These results suggests to me that neighbors talk to neighbors, birds of a feather flock together, or that people don’t want to be ostracized and fall in line with even nonsense beliefs that are ultimately harmful. New Kaiser Permanente study shows Marin ‘not alone’ in vaccination refusal pattern. A new Kaiser Permanente study shows that…

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…

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…