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Countering FUD about vaccination while not fudging the issues
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Survey: Most parents who seek vaccination exemptions are Anglo - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

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Survey: Most parents who seek vaccination exemptions are Anglo Santa Fe New Mexican.com College-educated, Anglo parents in New Mexico are the most likely to seek exemptions from required public health vaccines for their school-age children,...
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But if you look closely, the highest number of exemptions goes to: the Waldorf school. Not antivax, eh?

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India vaccine hysteria puts children's lives at risk - Reuters AlertNet (blog)

India vaccine hysteria puts children's lives at risk - Reuters AlertNet (blog) | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
India vaccine hysteria puts children's lives at risk Reuters AlertNet (blog) The lack of outrage contrasts sharply with frenetic debate in India around the pentavalent vaccine, a five-in-one inoculation that protects children against hepatitis B,...
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Strong words for a dire situation. Anti-vax lies *are* putting people, especially children, at risk. The risks *do* include disability and death.

 

Those who publish and spread lies have blood on their hands.

 

And, in the same batch of suggestions for this curation, here's an example of reckless reporting that can scare people away from getting lifesaving vaccinations for their children: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/baby-dies-after-vaccination-in-shirur/1198224/

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WHO and the Philippine Government launch mass vaccination campaign - Reuters AlertNet

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Toronto Star WHO and the Philippine Government launch mass vaccination campaign Reuters AlertNet WHO and the Philippine Department of Health have launched a vaccination campaign to prevent outbreaks of measles and polio among survivors of Typhoon...
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It's bad enough losing all your possessions and some of your family without contracting a potentially crippling or lethal disease as well. Important work here. Suppliers of rosaries, take note.

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William Pollack Dies at 87; His Vaccine Saved Infants - New York Times

William Pollack Dies at 87; His Vaccine Saved Infants - New York Times | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
William Pollack Dies at 87; His Vaccine Saved Infants
New York Times
Published: November 12, 2013.
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Saha: Flu vaccination myths are harmful to public health - The University Daily Kansan

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Saha: Flu vaccination myths are harmful to public health
The University Daily Kansan
Unfortunately, this is also the time when anti-vaccine statuses, tweets and articles start to surface in social media.
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Well put, succinct, deserves to be repeated.

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Vaccine Refusal Tied to Pertussis Outbreak - MedPage Today

Vaccine Refusal Tied to Pertussis Outbreak
MedPage Today
Several other possible causes of the outbreak have been put forward, including the notion that the acellular vaccine now used is less effective than the older whole-cell medicine.
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The word "might" should be interpreted here as "very likely". It's clearly not the only factor, but definitely the biggie.

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Hundreds of NC Students Face Suspension for Vaccination Lapse - ABC News

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ABC News
Hundreds of NC Students Face Suspension for Vaccination Lapse
ABC News
Hundreds of students in North Carolina could face suspension for not being up to date on their vaccinations.
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Vaccine illegally exported to Syria not used to create biological weapons, say ... - Kennebec Journal

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Vaccine illegally exported to Syria not used to create biological weapons, say ...
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I'm including this one because my head reeled when I read the title. There are, out there in the howling nutterness, hysterical ignorami who probably think you can make biological WMDs out of a cup of tea.

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Sudan rejects direct talks with SPLM-N on vaccination campaign - OCHA - Sudan Tribune

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Sudan rejects direct talks with SPLM-N on vaccination campaign - OCHA Sudan Tribune September 20, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese government has declined a proposal made by the United Nations to hold direct talks with the rebels in Blue Nile and...
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Stupid, bickering politicos (on both sides) prefer to see children die or be crippled for life rather than relinquish an iota of power for a fleeting instant.

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New Mobile App Assists Parents, Doctors with Vaccine Decisions

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The Vaccine Education Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (VEC) is launching Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know, a unique mobile app that allows busy parents to access up-to-date, reliable ...
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Bloody good idea. Now we need an Android version. I'll even help with the translation into French, if need be.

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Eurosurveillance - Large ongoing measles outbreak in a religious community in the Netherlands since May 2013

Eurosurveillance - Large ongoing measles outbreak in a religious community in the Netherlands since May 2013 | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
What happens when a large religious community refuses #vaccination? 1200+ sick and 82 in hospital http://t.co/RrSBgQOkaZ A peril to all.
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This is what believing stupid things does.

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Health Canada is bringing measles back by approving ineffective homeopathic "vaccines"

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Is Health Canada bringing measles back by approving ineffective homeopathic ...
Toronto Star
The Public Health Agency of Canada recently issued a notice regarding a surge in cases of measles in many parts of the country.
anarchic_teapot's insight:

This is bloody irresponsible and dangerous.

 

IMO, the only explanation for such stupidity getting through is that Health Canada has decision-making employees who are either inexcusably ignorant or corrupt.

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Syrian civil war prompts polio vaccination effort - Fond du Lac Reporter

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Christian Science Monitor
Syrian civil war prompts polio vaccination effort
Fond du Lac Reporter
FILE - In this Thursday, Nov.
anarchic_teapot's insight:

Conflicts and catastrophes creates refugees. Refugees need emergency health care, amlong other things.

 

What they don't need is being herded into "refugee camps" to die.

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It’s your monster, you deal with it

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One thing I try to do is not to alienate people to the point that they’ll outright hate me. Even my so-called enemies get some measure of compassion from me. When I have a falling-out with a friend or colleague, I try to make things better.
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A look at the egotism, contradictions, and shrill hate of the anti-vaccine propaganda lobby.

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Non-epidemiologist tries to do epidemiology, feeds anti-vaccine activists

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One of the rules of this blog has been to not name any names, but it's going to be broken for this post because it's hard not to break it in this case. The person I'm going to write about is puttin...
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The dosh on Doshi, antivax activist.

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Vaccination, and social information networks - Discover Magazine (blog)

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Discover Magazine (blog)
Vaccination, and social information networks
Discover Magazine (blog)
If you have not read Julia Ioffe's story about getting whooping cough at the age of 31 (also see follow up), you might want to.
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Worth a read.

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Behind the anti-vaccine movement for children - VOXXI

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Behind the anti-vaccine movement for children
VOXXI
There is no arguing the fact that vaccines save lives; UNICEF indicates the lives of more than 9 million people have been saved annually since vaccine protocols were introduced two centuries ago.
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This article, while clearly the result of much thought and research, is badly laid-out. It gives up the first 75% of the text to the entire antivax case, only  - very swiftly - debunking it at the end.

 

IMO, tl;dr syndrome will have kicked in long before most people get to the facts, and the article will not have the intended result.

 

A worthy intention, but badly done.

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The Facts In The Case Of Dr. Andrew Wakefield

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A fifteen page story about the MMR vaccination controversy. As ever, I'm sure a few spelling errors have slipped past me. Feel free to point any out so I can correct them. The reference links for the strip are in the next blog entry.
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Lest we forget. Wakefield didn't do all that damage by himself.

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Cervical Cancer is Preventable - Health First Magazine

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Health First Magazine
Cervical Cancer is Preventable
Health First Magazine
In 2006, a vaccine against HPV, Gardasil, was introduced to help prevent medical conditions caused by HPV types 6, 11, 16 and 18; conditions that included cervical cancer.
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A useful and informative piece by a doctor in India.

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As flu season starts, health officials announce new vaccine details - Orlando Sentinel

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Medical Daily
As flu season starts, health officials announce new vaccine details
Orlando Sentinel
Americans will be getting more fighting power in this season's arms race against the flu.
anarchic_teapot's insight:

It seems the US has its own particularities: Nasal vaccine isn't authorised everywhere in the world. I've never had an intramuscular flu jab, to my knowledge: alway subcutaneous.

 

Anyway, quadrivalent vaccines available for the first time this year.

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Six Vaccine Myths Explained - Laboratory Equipment

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Laboratory Equipment
Six Vaccine Myths Explained
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Commonly held fears about vaccination are putting Sydney children at risk. Image: Univ.
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Read, mark and inwardly digest!

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UK Reverses Swine Flu Vaccine-Narcolepsy Decision - Forbes

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UK Reverses Swine Flu Vaccine-Narcolepsy Decision
Forbes
This just in: An example of what happens when people change conclusions based on the data rather than digging in their heels in favor of a pet hypothesis.
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Brief and to the point. Nothing more to say, really.

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Action Alert- Anti-Vaccine Gospel Causing Outbreaks

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RDFRS: Action Alert- Anti-Vaccine Gospel Causing Outbreaks! #vaccine #measles #whoopingcough http://t.co/Jqqsa2h61X
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A call for donations to counter the anti-vax scammers

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Increased risk of narcolepsy in children and adults after pandemic H1N1 vaccination in France

Increased risk of narcolepsy in children and adults after pandemic H1N1 vaccination in France | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
anarchic_teapot's insight:

Damn, damn, damn. I couldn't find anything more recent in English. This is annoying, as it's just been announced on French news that some sort of compensation will be awarded to those developing narcolepsy after the H1N1 jab.

 

A number of countries, including France, have condusted studies concluding a link between the H1N1 vaccine and the onset of narcolepsy.

 

The following points were also made during the report:

 

1) Narcolepsy is extremely rare. Of the millions of people who received the vaccine in France, only 60 developed narcolepsy shortly afterwards. This is one reason why is was impossible to forsee this potential side-effect.

 

2) A number of factors are doubtless involved. One is certainly the H1N1 virus itself, which means that contracting the disease also carried a risk of developing narcolepsy. The risk was reportedly higher with the disease.

 

3) You don't "catch" narcolepsy; you have a predispotiion to it which may be triggered by something. In some cases, it was the H1N1 vaccine. It is, unfortunately, possible these people would still have developed narcolepsy at some (later) point in their lives

 

4) Vaccines are much safer than the diseases they protect against, with adverse effects being extremely rare and generally more benign.

 

To which I would add:

5) Anti-vaccine campaigners will ignore all of the above in an attempt to frighten people away from all 'flu vaccines. Influenza, kills, incapacitates and costs the economy millions in lost production every year.

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