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Countering FUD about vaccination while not fudging the issues
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After SB 277, medical exemptions to vaccine mandates for sale, courtesy of Dr. Bob Sears

After SB 277, medical exemptions to vaccine mandates for sale, courtesy of Dr. Bob Sears | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it

My topic yesterday was When doctors betray their profession. In my post, I talked about some very unethical doctors representing tobacco companies in lawsuits against them seeking compensation for death and injury due to smoking, as well as to doctors and scientists peddling pseudoscience and quackery representing claimants in the Autism Omnibus action several years ago, in essence supporting the scientifically unsupported idea that vaccines cause autism...

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This is called malpratice and would, in any civilised country, get Sears and his like struck off.

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Aggressive vaccination effort reduces transmission of measles among North American Amish communities

Aggressive vaccination effort reduces transmission of measles among North American Amish communities | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
An aggressive vaccination effort in response to the 2014 measles outbreak among North American Amish communities in Ohio significantly reduced the transmission of measles and the expected number of cases, according to a new study, even though...
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Vaccination is effective. QED.

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Myths of the Flu Vaccine

In this episode, we cover the myths of the flu vaccine. Myth 1: The flu shot can give you the flu. Myth 2: The flu is just a bad version of the cold. Myth 3: I am ...
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Scientists Have Found A Way To Kill HIV in vitro

Scientists Have Found A Way To Kill HIV in vitro | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
A newly created "can opener" molecule is capable of opening HIV and allowing the body's own immune system to kill the infection.
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Usual caveats apply. The molecule has yet to be tested in a living being.

 

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Baby contracts measles, father hits out at anti-vaccination parents

Baby contracts measles, father hits out at anti-vaccination parents | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it

A FATHER whose five-month-old daughter has been diagnosed with measles has written a scathing letter aimed squarely at anti-vaccination advocates....

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Shingles Vaccine May Cut Odds of Long-Term Pain - WebMD

Shingles Vaccine May Cut Odds of Long-Term Pain - WebMD | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it

Findings support immunization of older adults

 

TBD, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Even when shingles vaccination does not prevent the disease, it reduces the risk of long-term pain that can occur as a complication of the condition, according to a new study.

Although the U.S. Advisory Council on Immunization Practices recommends shingles vaccination for people 60 and older, vaccination rates remain low, the researchers say...

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Survey to shine light on vaccination fears

Survey to shine light on vaccination fears | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it

A NEW national survey aims to expose the fears that drive parents to reject or delay vaccinating their children.

THE survey, the first of its kind in almost 20 years, could lead to more effective education campaigns to improve vaccination rates.

University of Queensland researcher Cassandra Dittman says little is known about attitudes held by the current generation of Australian parents. She suspects many parents are probably best described as vaccine hesitant.

anarchic_teapot's insight:

Australia is of course the primary infestation zone for that especially virulent band of anti-health activists led by Meryl Dorey.

 

However, the disinformation disseminated by the Usual Suspects on Internet (and boy, do they know how to game the search engine results) must have a lot to do with it.

 

What we don't know is: why do apparently reasonable and educated people listen to these often transparently mendacious quacks, profiteers and quasi-religious fanatics?

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Your one stop shop for real science and myth-debunking about Gardasil

Your one stop shop for real science and myth-debunking about Gardasil | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
Recently, I read a new article published in Pediatrics that described how educating either teenagers or their parents about HPV vaccinations had little effect on the overall vaccination rate for th...
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#vaccineswork #gardasil

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Villagers in Goa Refuse Vaccination Against Rare Disease - NDTV

Villagers in Goa Refuse Vaccination Against Rare Disease - NDTV | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
Goa state health authorities are despaired at refusal of residents of a village to get themselves vaccinated against a rare disease which spreads from monkeys and has caused nine deaths over the last few months.
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It would be nice to know why these people are refusing lifesaving treatment. Since it's India, we can suspect the deleterious influence of homeopaths and other dangerous quacks.

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Your one stop shop for real science and myth-debunking about Gardasil

Your one stop shop for real science and myth-debunking about Gardasil | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
Recently, I read a new article published in Pediatrics that described how educating either teenagers or their parents about HPV vaccinations had little effect on the overall vaccination rate for th...
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What does it take to #EndPolio for every child? | UNICEF - YouTube

What does it take to get polio vaccines to the most remote corners of the earth? Four-year-old Rayana and millions of other children are still waiting for th...
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If you're under 50 and live in the West, you probably don't remember polio. It's a disease that maimed and killed even as recently as your grandparents' time. It's practically non existent hrtr now, thanks to vaccination. It can be eradicated worldwide.

 

Let's do this thing.

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Jamaica Vaccination Week 2015 Launched | CEEN News | April 28, 2015

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Powerful Jamaican accent alert. May be unintelligible to some, may bring tears of nostalgia to eyes of others

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World's first malaria vaccination approved

World's first malaria vaccination approved | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
European regulators give Mosquirix the green light to be used on babies at risk of the mosquito-borne disease in Africa.
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Gardasil HPV Vaccine Safety Assessed In Most Comprehensive Study To Date

Gardasil HPV Vaccine Safety Assessed In Most Comprehensive Study To Date | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
The largest review of the available evidence on the quadrivalent, or four-strain, HPV vaccine Gardasil, has found no evidence of any serious short-term or long-term safety issues. Bringing together the findings from clinical trials, post-licensure studies and data presented at scientific meetings but not yet published, the researchers focused particularly [...]
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Notr that the anti-vax loons will pay any attention.

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attention anti vaccinators

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Dad whose son died urges meningococcal vaccinations - The Columbian

Dad whose son died urges meningococcal vaccinations - The Columbian | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
EUGENE, Ore.— While half of University of Oregon undergraduates skipped the recommended vaccination against the deadly type B meningococcal disease, one Oregon father drove his son to Canada to get t...
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That the vaccine hasn't even been available in the USA is staggering.

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Dr. Eisenstein: An Anti Vaccination Warrior

Chicago based Dr. Mayer Eisenstein passed away on December 22, 2014. Infowars pays tribute to the man who didn't bend to the will of the goliath ...
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Now here's interesting. If there's one thing anti vaxxers hate being called, it's "anti vaccination".  They will angrily deny this and maintain, usually in ALL CAPS, that the are "PRO SAFE VAX". Which to them means 100% risk free (not even an ouchie or slight fever post-jab) and 100% effective.

 

In other worde:  in order to try and put a positive spin on their campaign, they demand the impossible.

 

So here's a video cobbled together and just up on Youtube, produced by notorious conspiraloony site Infowars in praise of a complete dick who hated vaccines. And they cheerfully admit it.

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Gardasil: a new TGA safety update

Gardasil: a new TGA safety update | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
First-year results of the TGA school-based HPV vaccine surveillance program suggest no safety concerns in either boys or girls after immunisation with the HPV vaccine, Gardasil.
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Widespread Vaccination Fights Serious Stomach Infection in Kids: CDC

Widespread Vaccination Fights Serious Stomach Infection in Kids: CDC | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it

TUESDAY, June 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The widespread use of a vaccine against a germ that causes gastrointestinal infections in infants and young children has been a resounding success in the United States, a new study suggests.

 

A team led by Dr. Eyal Leshem of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a big drop in the number of young children hospitalized with gastroenteritis since routine immunization against rotavirus was launched in 2006.

 

“Rotavirus is the most common cause of severe acute gastroenteritis — vomiting and severe diarrhea — among children across the world,” said one expert, Dr. Roya Samuels, a pediatrician at Cohen Children’s Hospital of New York in New Hyde Park...

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California lawmakers pass vaccine bill amid emotional debate

California lawmakers pass vaccine bill amid emotional debate | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
California lawmakers have approved a bill aimed at raising school vaccination rates after five hours of highly emotional debate.
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You'll notice the opposition is primarily Female, Affluent, While and... well, they claim too be educated, but I've yet to encounter one (other than the movement leaders, who are obviously shameless profiteers) one who can produce a coherent argument with any form of reliable evidence.

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Six-year-old diagnosed with first case of diphtheria in Spain since 1987

Six-year-old diagnosed with first case of diphtheria in Spain since 1987 | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
Young boy from Olot had not been vaccinated despite free service from health authorities covering over 90 percent of the population
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"One out of every 10 patients dies from complications derived from the early symptoms"

 

That's *with* modern healthcare. Let that sink in.

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Vaccines: They've Got to Be Used To Work - Lessons from the 2015 Measles Outbreak

Program faculty will discuss the 2015 measles outbreak, including how it may impact the public's perception of the benefits of vaccination programs.
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Warning: video is 1:20:11 long.

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Celiac Disease Lowers Hepatitis B Vaccine Response - Medscape

Medscape Celiac Disease Lowers Hepatitis B Vaccine Response Medscape LEIPZIG, Germany — In children with celiac disease, immunologic response to the hepatitis B vaccine is impaired, and neither a gluten-free diet nor boosters appear to improve...
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Fortunately, celiac disease is rare. Nevertheless, as Hep B is often a co-infection with HIV, this means sufferers need to be extra careful when sexually active.

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Rotavirus vaccination significantly impacts seizure-related hospitalizations - Healio

Rotavirus vaccination significantly impacts seizure-related hospitalizations - Healio | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
Rotavirus vaccination significantly decreased seizure-related hospitalizations during childhood, which appeared to be highest among the youngest group of infants during the first 2 years of age, according to study results.“This reduction may mean ...
anarchic_teapot's insight:

After finding MMR appears to boost the immune system beyond just protecting against measles, mumps and rubella, now it's the rotavirus vaccine that would seem to be protecting our children above and beyond the call of duty.

 

My bet is on this not being the last vaccine found to have these benefits.

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Anti-Vax "Enemies" List is a sign of weakness

Anti-Vax "Enemies" List is a sign of weakness | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it

"I wrote yesterday that I am thrilled to be on the Anti-Vax Enemies List, but proud as I am, the truth is that I am far more thrilled that the list exists in the first place. 

We can learn so much from it!

The most important thing about the list is not the identities of the people on it, but the mere fact that it exists. Its existence, its size, and its uses tell us a great deal about the vulnerabilities not merely of the anti-vax movement, but of all pseudoscience movements. By understanding those vulnerabilities we can be ever more effective in marginalizing, ridiculing and ultimately destroying those movements.

Simply put, the Anti-Vax Enemies List is a sign of weakness, not of strength..."

 

 

 

anarchic_teapot's insight:

An excellent point. Those who draw up lists of their enemies rarely have the moral high ground, let alone the facts on their side.

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