Anti-vax

Measles outbreak in UK

Measles sweeps through Brighton and Hove (From The Argus). Health bosses are battling a measles outbreak. Nine children at two Hove schools have been diagnosed with the potentially fatal infectious disease in the past couple of weeks – more than the entire number of cases in the whole of Sussex last year. In some cases…

Wakefield’s coauthors, and academic institutions in general, called out by BMJ editorial

An editorial in the British Medical Journal calls Wakefield’s coauthors into the limelight. It’s not over yet… Institutional research misconduct | BMJ. Now we can report that it is not only Wakefield and UCL’s administrators who have a case to answer. This week we publish new information that puts the spotlight on Wakefield’s coauthors. Among…

Wakefield drama not over

Fresh dispute about MMR ‘fraud’ On 9 November, David Lewis of the National Whistleblower’s Center in Washington DC published a letter in the BMJ (http://bmj.com) arguing that Wakefield did not commit research fraud. Lewis told Nature that he thinks the combination of public charges and a slow, secretive investigation has left the public not knowing…

“Vaccine Injury Awareness Week” prompts misinformed consent for your in-flight entertainment (Updated)

“Vaccine Injury Awareness Week”: Joe Mercola and Barbara Loe Fisher dupe Delta Airlines into running an anti-vaccine PSA : Respectful Insolence. It’s Vaccine Injury Awareness Week. Yeah, really. Orac from Respectful Insolence reports on a Delta airlines in-flight video that insidiously inserts anti-vaccine propaganda. Notice how it starts out as seemingly a normal PSA [public…

Unvaccinated behind measles outbreak

Unvaccinated behind largest U.S. measles outbreak in years The largest U.S. outbreak of measles to occur in 15 years — affecting 214 children so far — is likely driven by travelers returning from abroad and by too many unvaccinated U.S. children, according to new research.

Doctors Reluctant to Treat Unvaccinated Children

Doctors Reluctant to Treat Unvaccinated Children, Study Shows. More than one fifth of pediatricians stopped treating children whose parents refused to have them vaccinated, according to an online survey of doctors in nine U.S. states. “Pediatricians are starting to recognize that having unimmunized patients in their practice puts other patients at risk when they congregate…

New California vaccine law called a violation of parental consent

National Vaccine Information Center Calls New CA Vaccine Law A “Violation of Parental Informed Consent Rights and Federal Law” The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) today criticized California Governor Jerry Brown for bowing to pressure from the pharmaceutical and medical trade lobby and signing a controversial bill (AB499) into law that allows 12 year old…