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This Monday, polio in India will go on a lifelong holiday - Hindustan Times

This Monday, polio in India will go on a lifelong holiday - Hindustan Times | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
India will be officially declared “polio-free” on January 13 by the World Health Organisation. There hasn’t been a new case of polio in three years, but the threat of re-infection from across the border looms large.
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And of course, if it wasn't for anti-vaxers, this would have happened sonner.

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Woman Who Was Never Vaccinated: I've Had Measles, Mumps, Meningitis - Jezebel

Woman Who Was Never Vaccinated: I've Had Measles, Mumps, Meningitis - Jezebel | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
Woman Who Was Never Vaccinated: I've Had Measles, Mumps, Meningitis Jezebel On Friday morning, the Australian website Mamamia republished an article originally written for the parent-led non-profit Voices for Vaccines by Amy Parker, an English...
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"As healthy as my lifestyle seemed, I contracted measles, mumps, rubella, a type of viral meningitis, scarlatina, whooping cough, yearly tonsillitis, and chickenpox, some of which are vaccine preventable. In my twenties I got precancerous HPV and spent 6 months of my life wondering how I was going to tell my two children under the age of 7 that mummy might have cancer before it was safely removed."

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HlN1 PANDEMIC CONSPIRACY

HlN1 PANDEMIC CONSPIRACY | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
                                                                  HlN1 - FLU PANDEMIC CULPRITS  CABIRI, Consumer Advocacy Business Industry Research and Investigations decided to release some very ...
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"H1N1 is not just floating out in the air, yes people catch the flu never a pandemic"

 

This, alas, is the sort of borderline conspiralunacy that gets posted, reposted and re-reposted on Internet and reaches a far wider audience than it deserves.

 

Unremitting speculation, disinformation and balls-out Stupid.

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Pregnant nurse: I was fired for refusing flu vaccine - CNN

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Pregnant nurse: I was fired for refusing flu vaccine
CNN
(CNN) -- A pregnant nurse tells CNN she was fired from her job after she refused to get a flu shot for fear of miscarrying. "I'm a healthy person.
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Bloody idiot. The flu vaccine would reduce risk of miscarriage, not increase it.

 

As for "not enough studies on pregnant women", Ob-Gyns disagree. There's sufficient evidence to consider that the flu jab is safe and even disirable for pregnant women.

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Polio in WDDTY - WWDDTYDTY

Polio in WDDTY - WWDDTYDTY | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
According to WDDTY, polio isn't that dangerous, it's mainly caused by the oral polio vaccine, the vaccine doesn't work and it causes other things besides just polio including AIDS, M.E. and autism.
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The kind of misinformation and outright lying regularly encountered in the anti-vax whackosphere, taken to task on a regular basis on this site.

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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.
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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

It’s your monster, you deal with it | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
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

Non-epidemiologist tries to do epidemiology, feeds anti-vaccine activists | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
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

Behind the anti-vaccine movement for children - VOXXI | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
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

The Facts In The Case Of Dr. Andrew Wakefield | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
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.
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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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Severe H1N1 flu cases reported at Michigan hospitals; doctors urge people to ... - Detroit Free Press

Severe H1N1 flu cases reported at Michigan hospitals; doctors urge people to ... - Detroit Free Press | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
National Post
Severe H1N1 flu cases reported at Michigan hospitals; doctors urge people to ...
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This season's flu is a bastard. Get vaccinated.

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6 things to say when faced with anti vaccination myths.

6 things to say when faced with anti vaccination myths. | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
Immunisation affects everyone in our community - that's why it's important to dispel anti vaccination myths. Here are 6 myth busters from Dr Dunlop.
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Dr Rachel Dunlop tells it like it is. Some useful, easily understood debunkings of commen anti-vax - no, not myths - lies that you can use to encourage others to vaccinate.

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Abusing the Algorithm: Using Facebook Reporting to Censor Debate

Abusing the Algorithm: Using Facebook Reporting to Censor Debate | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it

It seems obvious, but apparently it’s not: getting someone banned from Facebook for posting polite, factual comments you disagree with is a problematic tactic. If that’s what you have to resort to, it means that you have no credible arguments. It is also reflects badly on your debating ethics.

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Dorit Reiss, bless her and shield her from the vicious personal attacks the AVN fanatics dish out, once again exposes their vile and dishonest tactics.

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The Most Important Playground Conversation: How to Persuade a Friend to Vaccinate

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by Colin McRoberts A while back a friend asked me to help with a difficult conversation. Someone she cared about was expecting her first child, and had decided not to vaccinate her baby. My friend ...
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Word of mouth is a powerful weapon. It's how anti-vax campaigners and snake-oil merchants instill their poisons into naïve and unsuspecting brains.

 

This well-written carefully thought out post explains how everyone can work to counteract the lies by talking to friends and family.

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Survey: Most parents who seek vaccination exemptions are Anglo - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

Survey: Most parents who seek vaccination exemptions are Anglo - Santa Fe New Mexican.com | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
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)

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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

WHO and the Philippine Government launch mass vaccination campaign - Reuters AlertNet | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
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
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Hundreds of students in North Carolina could face suspension for not being up to date on their vaccinations.
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