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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…

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…

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…

Government does not know best: Vaccine Safety Studies – completely unnecessary

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A new bill is proposed to study autism and vaccines. Why? We know this answer. There is no correlation. It’s been done. Text of H.R. 1757: Vaccine Safety Study Act (Introduced version) – GovTrack.us. H. R. 1757 To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct or support a comprehensive study comparing total…

Autism speaker Grandin makes mistaken connection between autism and vaccines

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A noted speaker on autism is saying strange things about vaccines. What a shame. Temple Grandin is wrong on vaccines and autism – Aetiology. Temple Grandin is undoubtedly one of the most famous women with autism of our time. Trained in animal science, Dr. Grandin is a widely read author and noted speaker on autism.…

British MP gets homeopaths to admit homeopathic vaccines and remedies don’t work

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MP Wollaston called on homeopathy purveyors to be perfectly clear with parents – homeopathic “vaccines” and remedies do not protect against measles. And they sort of admit they push useless stuff. Parents need to know homeopathy does not protect against measles, says MP The GP and Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston is calling on homeopathy’s governing…

Homeopathic ‘vaccine pills’ under scrutiny in the U.K.

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BBC News – Homeopathic ‘vaccine pills’ should be withdrawn, says regulator. A homeopathic pharmacy endorsed by Prince Charles and the Queen has been told to stop advertising sugar pills labelled as childhood vaccines. The government’s medicines regulator stepped in after an investigation by BBC Inside Out South West. It found a number of homeopathic products…

Whopping year for whooping cough

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A combination of factors led to epidemics. 2012 was worst year for whooping cough since 1955 | Yahoo! Health. The nation just suffered its worst year for whooping cough in nearly six decades, according to preliminary government figures. Whooping cough ebbs and flows in multi-year cycles, and experts say 2012 appears to have reached a…

Thimerosal vital to protect children

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Keep thimerosal in vaccines: pediatricians A mercury-containing preservative should not be banned as an ingredient in vaccines, U.S. pediatricians said Monday, in a move that may be controversial. In its statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) endorsed calls from a World Health Organization (WHO) committee that the preservative, thimerosal, not be considered a hazardous…

Pertussis outbreak: The vaccine works just not as well as we expected

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There is a petussis (whooping cough) epidemic. I did a Google News search for “pertussus” and came up with dozen stories in the past 2 days citing cases in Kansas, West Virginia, Montana, North Carolina, Texas Where ISN’T it? Often, the skeptical community will cite anti-vaccination misinformation as a cause of the declining rates of…

Washington state law slows vaccination slide

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Washington State Makes It Harder to Forgo Immunizations. The share of kindergartners whose parents opted out of state immunization requirements more than doubled in the decade that ended in 2008, peaking at 7.6 percent in the 2008-9 school year, according to the state’s Health Department, raising alarm among public health experts. But last year, the…

Bad Science Watch (Canada) calls for elimination of homeopathic vaccines

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Canada’s science watchdog group Bad Science Watch launches campaign to rid Canada of homeopathic vaccines. Bad Science Watch to Health Canada: De-register Homeopathic Vaccines This project will combat the anti-vaccine camps within homeopathy that offer these so-called “nosodes”; the sale of which directly contradicts Health Canada’s own efforts to promote childhood vaccinations. Nosodes are ultra-dilute…

Dr. Oz trying to be “very clear” about vaccines. Fails.

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Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen pen some health advice for a piece in the Herald Tribune advocating vaccines. Or so it seems. Health + Fitness » Dr. Oz: Don’t fear childhood vaccinations » HTHealth. Unfortunately, there’s widespread anxiety about vaccinations. Rumors spread across the Internet that vaccines cause diseases, that natural immunity is…

Canadian pediatricians booting out children of anti-vaxers

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Pediatricians in Canada discharging unvaccinated children. Pediatricians in Canada are starting to discharge children whose parents refuse to have them vaccinated. More and more, doctors are taking a stand when their medical advice is being ignored, said Dr. Hirotaka Yamashiro, chair of the pediatrics section for the Ontario Medical Association and president of the Pediatricians…