Anti-vax

Anti-Vaccination Network in Australia picks new name, digs at “skepticism” (UPDATED)

The infamous anti-vaccination group AVN in Australia is shrewd and apparently evil. There is no question their new name is designed to deliberate conflate the issues of skepticism and vaccination safety and to get under the skin of the scientific skepticism advocates that have done a good job at discrediting the AVN’s misinformation campaigns. Australian…

AVN anti-vaxxer vandals

The AVN (formerly the Australian Vaccination Network) has vandals that support them. This does not make them look credible again. Billboard urging child vaccination vandalised in Fremantle. Two billboards in Fremantle promoting immunisation of children, have been defaced. The billboards on South Street share stories of local parents who follow an alternative type of lifestyle…

Anti-vax and psychic claims lead to worst story you will read in a while

I feel it was outrageously irresponsible for this media outlet to run this story. Not only are they allowing misrepresentation of vaccines, they present psychic information as valid, and one questionable medical opinion as trumping the entire body of vaccine safety. There is zero mention of the safeguards in place and the overall efficacy of…

Misinformation is the dangerous path to flu deaths

Earlier we had stories about deaths in Tennessee and Texas. Now, more. Get your flu shots, people! It can be a matter of life and death. 3 dead in Oakland Co. after contracting the flu – Fox 2 News Headlines. The Oakland County Health Department says three people have died after contracting the flu. The…

India to declare victory over polio

And now for some good news. In a cautiously optimistic declaration of victory,  and despite the best efforts of anti-immunization groups, it appears that the World Health Organization (WHO) is set to declare India free of polio. India Manages to Free Itself of Polio (WSJ.com): The World Health Organization plans to announce on Monday that India…

Colorado having issues with vaccination denials

In the U.S. states are cracking down on parents who ask for a vaccination excemption for their children without good cause. Colorado May Become The Latest State To Crack Down On Vaccine Denialism | ThinkProgress. Colorado officials are considering tightening the rules for vaccinations, and may make it more difficult for parents to claim religious…

Society for Science-based Medicine is launched!

Nearly every day we post stories here at Doubtful News about the horrible, misinformation that abounds on the Internet, TV, radio and print regarding alternative medicine or CAM. Complementary and alternative medical treatments account for plenty of lost money, misplaced hope, empty promises, and sometimes even death. There was no organization that addressed these issues…

Measles outbreak in Phillipines kills 21

Measles is a preventable death thanks to vaccination. DOH declares measles outbreaks in 5 Metro Manila cities | News | GMA News Online. The Department of Health declared measles outbreaks in five cities in Metro Manila Saturday as the number of patients infected by the viral disease continues to rise. According to a report aired…

Anti-vax polio shootings continue in Pakistan

I am appalled to keep having to posts these stories. BBC News – Three killed in separate Pakistan polio shootings. Gunmen have shot dead at least two policemen providing security to a team of polio workers in north-west Pakistan. A polio worker was also killed in a separate attack, local media have reported. The two…

CDC releases statement about measles in the U.S.

When will we see a world without measles? It COULD have happened, if only… Measles Still Threatens Health Security | Press Release | CDC Online Newsroom | CDC. Fifty years after the approval of an extremely effective vaccine against measles, one of the world’s most contagious diseases, the virus still poses a threat to domestic…

Vaccines: The reason we have 103 million FEWER cases of disease

We often get comments from anti-vaxxers who completely disregard the incredible benefit of vaccinations and instead hype up misinformation on alleged dangers. Well, suck it, antivaxxers! Why we vaccinate–103 million cases of diseases averted since 1924. A new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine and led by Willem G. van Panhuis, MD,…

Finally the end of AVN?

We’ve followed the buffoonery of the AVN or Australian Vaccination Network (uh, formerly known as…). Is this the end as their appeal fails and their equipment is sold off? The Department of Fair Trading via the Minister for Fair Trading demanded that the Australian Vaccination Network change its name. Their appeals ruling came today. Read…

Anti-vaxxer appointed to FDA vaccine advisory committee

Why would the FDA appoint a known anti-vaxxer to their committee? FDA appoints anti-vaxxer to Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee | SkewedDistribution. [T]he Food and Drug Administration has seen fit to appoint an anti-vaccine advocate, Dr. Stephanie Christner, as the Consumer Representative for the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC). Dr.…

Parents afraid of nonexistent “toxins” forego newborn vitamin shot

Another example of a preventable condition caused from misinformation about vaccinations. Infants develop rare bleeding disorder after parents refuse vitamin K shots, CDC reports | The Verge. Four infants in Tennessee developed an exceedingly rare bleeding disorder, after their parents turned down the administration of standard vitamin K injections. The cluster of illness, reported this…