Tag Archive for Vaccination

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…

Polio workers’ vans hit with roadside bombs in Pakistan

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New setbacks for the beleaguered polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan. Attack targets polio workers in Pakistan, kills 11 – CNN.com. Eleven people were killed Saturday when two vans carrying a polio vaccination team were hit by a roadside bomb in Pakistan’s northern Khyber Agency, authorities said. A militant group, which has connections to the Pakistani…

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

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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…

Measles outbreak in Phillipines kills 21

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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…

CDC releases statement about measles in the U.S.

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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

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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,…

Anti-vaxxer appointed to FDA vaccine advisory committee

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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

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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…

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…

Japan pulling back recommendation of the HPV vaccine

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This is NOT good. Health ministry withdraws recommendation for cervical cancer vaccine The health ministry decided June 14 to withdraw its recommendation for a vaccination to protect girls against cervical cancer after hundreds complained about possible side effects, including long-term pain and numbness. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is not suspending the use…

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…