Juno Magazine On The Vaccine Debate

July 16, 2013 at 4:32 pm (Anti-Vaccination) (, , , , , )

The summer issue of Juno Magazine explores, among other things, what they refer to as ‘the vaccine debate’. The exploration is conducted by a Devon doula named Claire Arnold, who solemnly informs us on the first page that an informed decision “can only be taken when one is in full possession of the facts surrounding the issue in question”, that media coverage, NHS guidelines and alternative advice can create confusion and anxiety around the subject, and that it is very difficult to find unbiased, factual information about vaccinations. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Anti-Vaccine Movement: A Terrible Track Record

April 26, 2013 at 7:40 pm (Anti-Vaccination) (, , , , , , , , )

Anti-vaccinationists have made a wide range of claims about the dangers of vaccines. In spite of the fact that they have generally had neither data nor a plausible mechanism for the claimed effect, several of their claims have been investigated by researchers.

As it turns out, the anti-vaccinationists are remarkably consistent. Time and time again, they are shown to be wrong. I’m not sure how many times a group needs to be wrong before people stop seeing them as credible. Perhaps people need to be reminded of how many times this group has been wrong? Read the rest of this entry »

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Hitler and Vaccines

December 23, 2011 at 8:19 pm (Anti-Vaccination) (, , )

What’s more convincing than a Youtube video? Nothing. With that in mind, I draw your attention to this: Hitler and Vaccines, posted on Youtube by 101numbat. You can stop reading now and go watch the video. Read the rest of this entry »

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Vaccine Scares: Mistakes, Fraud, and Media Scaremongering

January 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Media) (, , , , , , , , , , )

The BMJ has published a strongly-worded editorial on Andrew Wakefield and his claims regarding the MMR vaccine. I was a little surprised to see that the headline ran “Wakefield’s article linking MMR vaccine and autism was fraudulent“. The use of this particular ‘f-word’ is quite rare in articles published in England, perhaps due to the nature of libel law in this country. Read the rest of this entry »

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MMR vaccination – still underachieving on a massive scale

November 26, 2010 at 10:57 am (Anti-Vaccination, Vaccines) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Guest blogpost from Peter Flegg, UK doctor.

This week I discovered a new toy to play around with. It’s the new interactive section of the Health Protection Agency website, called Health Protection Profiles. Read the rest of this entry »

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Protect Yourself And Others: Get Vaccinated

October 11, 2010 at 7:20 pm (Anti-Vaccination) (, , , , , , , , , )

Here is a Youtube video telling the story of one infant who contracted pertussis: Carter’s Story.

Here is what happened when there was an ill-founded scare surrounding the pertussis vaccine in this country: Read the rest of this entry »

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A History of Anti-Vaccine Campaigns

July 27, 2010 at 2:01 pm (Anti-Vaccination) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Where to begin… well, I guess I’ll need to split this post up into sections. I’ll look at specific groups first, then move onto examples of vaccine scares. Read the rest of this entry »

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The News You Didn’t Read: MMR Safe

February 13, 2010 at 12:56 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Media) (, , , , , , , )

Andrew Wakefield wrong? No connection between measles vaccination and autism? Not the kind of story the mainstream media are interested in. It doesn’t matter what quality of evidence you put before the press – what matters to them is the kind of story that the evidence can be claimed to support. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Truth About Vaccines: Alternative Schedule

January 1, 2010 at 8:14 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Richard Halvorsen) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Having blogged about the introduction to Richard Halvorsen‘s book The Truth About Vaccines, and the early chapters on Vaccines and Autism and Mercury in Vaccines, I will now jump to the end of the book for my next post on Halvorsen. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Truth About Vaccines: Mercury

November 16, 2009 at 8:13 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Books, Richard Halvorsen) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Following my posts about the introduction to The Truth About Vaccines and the first chapter of the book, on vaccines and autism, here is a post about Dr Richard Halvorsen’s chapter on mercury in vaccines.

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