Tag Archive for anti-vax

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…

Australian court rules against anti-vax Mom in favor of pro-health Dad

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Another case of the courts considering childrens’ rights to health over one parent’s scientifically baseless and harmful claims. Court grants father right to vaccinate his children A western Sydney father has won the right to vaccinate his children after a drawn-out legal battle with their mother, who is strongly opposed to immunisation. The Family Court…

Pick Your Poison – 49% in U.S. subscribe to at least 1 of 6 medical conspiracy theories

Agreement scales pretty linearly with prior exposure, with one outlier: cancer cure suppression.

Health misinformation abounds in the results of a recent survey of American adults on medical conspiracy theories. Half Of Americans Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories (NPR.org) Misinformation about health remains widespread and popular. Half of Americans subscribe to medical conspiracy theories, with more than one-third of people thinking that the Food and Drug Administration is…

Jenny learns people want a mate who understands statistics and gets vaccinated

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I think this was not her intended outcome, but it sure says volumes. Jenny McCarthy Learns Over Twitter That A Lot Of People Want A Mate Who Is Vaccinated. Jenny posted this tweet, no doubt expecting to get an array of responses regarding what people find attractive in a potential mate. What she received was…

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

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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…

Colorado having issues with vaccination denials

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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…

Finally the end of AVN?

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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-vaxxers lobbying Congress (UPDATE)

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Orac has some information about an anti-vax briefing that we are passing on. It’s important to keep on top of these things. Antivaccinationists will be holding a Congressional briefing to attack the Vaccine Court tomorrow – Respectful Insolence. Murmurs have been rumbling in the antivaccine underground that there would be another hearing this year around…

Study suggests pertussis outbreak related to wealthy, anti-vax parents

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A new study published in Pediatrics shows that pertussis outbreak had a lot to do with parents misinformation about vaccinations. 2010 Calif. whooping cough outbreak linked to vaccine-averse parents – CBS News. Researchers have linked parents not vaccinating their children for whopping cough to outbreaks of the disease that occurred in 2010 in California. They…

Missionary returned with measles and triggered outbreak (UPDATE: anti-vax stance and worse)

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Now the church is under greater scrutiny and anti-vax sentiment emerges. See below. Originally published Aug-22-2013 A textbook example of why we need community immunity vaccination plans. Measles outbreak traced to megachurch near Eagle Mountain Lake | wfaa.com Dallas – Fort Worth. Tarrant County health officials have zeroed in on a megachurch near Eagle Mountain…

Chiropractors in Australia disassociate with anti-vax claims

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A positive sign but how can you take the idea out of their heads when their practice is based on nonsense to begin with? Chiropractors pushing anti-vaccination line face crackdown, audits. Chiropractors will be forced to stop making anti-vaccination and other misleading claims in a crackdown on shonky operators from the profession’s governing board. Earlier…

RFK, Jr. living up to reputation

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Someone needs to learn some science. And manners. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. vaccine conspiracy theory: Scientists and journalists are covering up autism risk. – Slate Magazine. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. likes to talk. When he calls you to discuss vaccines, he talks a lot, uninterruptably. He called Keith Kloor after Kloor wrote a story for…

Antivax AVN banned from media

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The AVN saga continues. It’s never good news for them, is it? They have lost on all fronts – science, media, laws and soon the court of public opinion. Media authority effectively bans AVN from media comment | Northern Star. THE controversial Australian Vaccination Network is now effectively blacklisted as a media source after the…

Parents taking advantage of vaccine exemptions

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Excemptions are contributing to the rise in pertussus. Vaccine exemptions rising, tied to whooping cough | Reuters. The number of New York parents who had their child skip at least one required vaccine due to religious reasons increased over the past decade, according to a new study. What’s more, researchers found counties with high religious…