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5 Things You Should Know About Vaccines - KQED (blog)

5 Things You Should Know About Vaccines - KQED (blog) | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
5 Things You Should Know About Vaccines
KQED (blog)
But until the polio vaccine came along in 1955, children and adults paralyzed from polio were fairly commonplace. (FDR, anyone?) Today, vaccines are now a victim of their own success.
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Pass this along to your nearest "unsure about vaccines" friend. It's clear and concise and very, very good.

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Israeli public's fears over polio vaccination unfounded, say doctors - Haaretz

Israeli public's fears over polio vaccination unfounded, say doctors - Haaretz | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
Haaretz Israeli public's fears over polio vaccination unfounded, say doctors Haaretz People with bone-marrow transplants should be inoculated with the dead-virus vaccine (the current campaign uses a live-attenuated vaccine), while those with...
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Mostly behind a paywall, unfortunately, but seems to be a well thought-out and informative article. We need more like this.

 

Sense, not sensationalism, please.

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EVERYDAY HERO: Mission to educate about HPV - Bay News 9

EVERYDAY HERO: Mission to educate about HPV - Bay News 9 | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
Bay News 9
EVERYDAY HERO: Mission to educate about HPV
Bay News 9
“Ah, you couldn't find a better term,” Davis said.
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He doesn't want other people to go through the same hellish, but life-saving procedure. I can relate to that.

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Court Rulings Don't Confirm Autism-Vaccine Link - Forbes

Court Rulings Don't Confirm Autism-Vaccine Link - Forbes | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
Court Rulings Don't Confirm Autism-Vaccine Link Forbes There's a post making the rounds courtesy of something called “Whiteout Press” with the headline “Courts confirm vaccines cause autism.” It's spreading across sites, through chains of...
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End of story. Good, clear article with lots of evidence to support claims, partially restoring my faith in journalists. Some journalists, anyway.

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Anti-vaccination nuts picking up where the religious ones left off ...

Anti-vaccination nuts picking up where the religious ones left off ... | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
Now on to the anti-vaccination nuts. Despite overwhelming evidence showing the benefits of vaccination, an enduring movement still exists that wants to take us back a couple centuries where the life expectancy was around ...
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Words are not being minced here. A good article.

 

The HPV vaccines protect against cancer and have been shown to be remarkably safe. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either a fool or a knave.

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Gardasil researcher is against the vaccine–another myth debunked

Gardasil researcher is against the vaccine–another myth debunked | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
HPV, Gardasil, Silgard, Cervarix, human papillomavirus, Diane Harper, vaxfax, cancer, cervical, vaccines, vaccinations (RT @motek42: Gardasil researcher is against the vaccine–another myth debunked http://t.co/qZDq5aNGEO)...
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This one went the rounds for ages. Funnily enough, it only made the conspiraloon webshites, never any contaminate with facts or reality. This is what really happened. Read, mark and RT that post. Ta.

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Just the Vax: Matthew Mientka, Medical Daily, takes the prize for Daily Mail necromancing

Just the Vax: Matthew Mientka, Medical Daily, takes the prize for Daily Mail necromancing | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
Just the Vax: Matthew Mientka, Medical Daily, takes the prize for Daily Mail necromancing http://t.co/0vKYnqBTEb
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Contains strong language, but not as strong as I reckon Matthew Mienta deserves.

 

The nicest way of describing an article reviving the long-discredited "MMR causes autism" claims is "criminally irresponsible and incompetent".

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Michigan's vaccination rates are dropping, officials say

Michigan's vaccination rates are dropping, officials say | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
Officials say immunization rates in Michigan are falling despite recent outbreaks of whooping cough and measles.
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Not good.

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Homeopathic vaccine claims targetted by Queensland Health - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Homeopathic vaccine claims targetted by Queensland Health - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
The State's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young is investigating what action can be taken against a homeopath who allegedly told a mother his treatment would immunise her child.
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Fake, "homeopathic" vaccines are a serious health risk. Parents who don't know what homeopathy really is (oddly enough, homeopaths tend to be very coy about explaining what they really believe) may think their child is immunised against something that could well maim or kill it.

 

When quackery is sold as medicine, endorsed by pharmacists, there's something seriously wrong with consumer protection laws.

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This is pretty sick "Open letter from a Grandmother to her daughters regarding Gardasil"

This is pretty sick "Open letter from a Grandmother to her daughters regarding Gardasil" | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
by AL Whitney (C) copyright 2013 Permission is granted for redistribution if linked to original and the AntiCorruption Society is acknowledged Dear Family, As you all know, I am madly in love with ...
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This comes from one of the most virulent anti-vaccine sites around. And I mean virulent: there are articles entitled "All the Vaccines are Contaminated – Every Last One of Them", "The medical ‘industry’ and toxic vaccines" and so on.

 

Extremely nasty

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Vaccination rate for girls against cancer-causing HPV still lagging, health officials say

ATLANTA — Only about half of U.S. teenage girls have gotten a controversial cervical cancer vaccine — a rate that’s changed little in three years.
anarchic_teapot's insight:

Prudery wins over commonsense. Look, if you want grandchildren, vaccinate your daughter. If you love your son, vaccinate him too.

Not vaccinating when there's a perfectly good and incredibly safe vaccine available is criminal. But of course, it means envisaging the idea that your little girl will have sex. Or that your lad might turn out be gay or bi...

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More Efforts Needed to Realize HPV Vaccines among Chinese Women - Women of China

More Efforts Needed to Realize HPV Vaccines among Chinese Women - Women of China | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
More Efforts Needed to Realize HPV Vaccines among Chinese Women
Women of China
Gardasil and Cervarix are the two vaccines that have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Both require a three-shot series over six months.
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Some of these wsomen fly a long way to get vaccinated. Good on them. Also, fuck Japan for bowing to antivax propaganda..

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"Strong" argument for providing HPV vaccination to younger gay men in the UK - aidsmap

"Strong" argument for providing HPV vaccination to younger gay men in the UK - aidsmap | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
"Strong" argument for providing HPV vaccination to younger gay men in the UK aidsmap Recent studies involving HIV-negative gay men with between one and five sexual partners have shown that the quadrivalent HPV vaccine (Gardasil, the product used in...
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There's a problem with the studies that conclude vaccinating boys against HPV is a waste of time, and not just because they usually assume greater takeup of the vaccine for girls than is currently the case. The problem is that they're heterosexist.

 

Even if 100% of all humans equipped with a uterus were protected against HPV, this would not protect those humans equipped with a penis who like to do it - exclusively or otherwise - with other humans equipped with a penis, and they comprise at least 6% of the male sex. Given bisexuality is still very much in the closet, especially among married men, the numbers are almost certainly higher.

 

The number increases if you include MTF transsexuals, who are already a high risk group for other STIs.

 

Vaccinating biological males against HPV would go a long way to protecting these minority groups. Well, I say minority. I suspect they represent around 10% of the species. It's a big minority.

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Texas measles outbreak linked to church

Texas measles outbreak linked to church | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
A measles outbreak has sickened 25 people in Texas, with most of the cases linked to a church led by the daughter of televangelist Kenneth Copeland. Fifteen of the measles cases are centered around the church.
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Vaccine-denying idiots who swallow fraudulent claims that MMR causes autism catch, *totally* unexpectedly, a vaccine-preventable disease and are presumably now playing "who's going to have permament damage from this?"

 

Some of those sick are adults, no doubt indoctrinated into anti-vax hysteria by their own parents. They are really going to suffer. It's not funny. One can only hope that nobody suffers permanent disability and that this will serve as an important lesson.

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HPV vaccine wears off quickly in HIV-positive women - Ob.Gyn. News Digital Network

HPV vaccine wears off quickly in HIV-positive women - Ob.Gyn. News Digital Network | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
HPV vaccine wears off quickly in HIV-positive women
Ob.Gyn. News Digital Network
BERNALILLO, N.M.
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Oh. Shit.

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Why HPV vaccination can’t wait: don’t let your patients become an oncologist’s patients in 20 years | Vaccinews Blog

Why HPV vaccination can’t wait: don’t let your patients become an oncologist’s patients in 20 years | Vaccinews Blog | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
A vaccine is available that prevents cancer, but only 50% of eligible adolescent girls and far fewer adolescent boys have been provided this protection.
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Some sound advice to medical practitioners. It's not about sex, it's about cancer.

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Israel to begin nationwide polio vaccination efforts - MedCity News

Israel to begin nationwide polio vaccination efforts - MedCity News | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
Israel to begin nationwide polio vaccination efforts MedCity News JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel will administer the active polio vaccine to children nationwide beginning on August 18, the Health Ministry said on Friday, stepping up an inoculation...
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I hope it means *all* children and not just those who eat kosher, if you get my meaning. The article doesn't say.

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16-year-old girl became infertile from Gardasil vaccine, claim antiscience loonies LifeSiteNews.com

16-year-old girl became infertile from Gardasil vaccine, claim antiscience loonies  LifeSiteNews.com | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
Dr. Deirdre Little, the Australian physician who treated the girl, provides solid evidence that Gardasil caused the girl to go into early menopau...
anarchic_teapot's insight:

Lifesitenews in not renowned for its intelligent and tolerant approach to news items: it is a hotbed of virulent misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, fundie christianism and everything else associated with exterme right-wingnuts.

 

So it should come as no surprise when they leap into bed with the conspiraloons and Lying Quack Huckster brigade.

 

No, the girl almost certainly did not become infertile from Gardasil. Premature infertility is a personal tragedy, certainly, but it is highly unlikely a mere vaccine, already known to be extremely safe, caused premature menopause. It's the (bad) luck of the draw. Blame in on God or genetics, but don't blame Gardasil.

 

I advise reading Orac's discussion of the case in question. It's far more informed than Lifesitenews can ever be.

 

http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2013/08/09/antivaccinationists-against-the-hpv-vaccine-round-5000/

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Just the Vax: Trau schau wem (a Dr Bob post)

Just the Vax: Trau schau wem (a Dr Bob post) | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it

It's been a while since we talked about Dr. Bob Sears, the author of The Vaccine Book, in which he advertises his "alternative vaccination schedule" (which almost doubles the number of office visits at $$$). Dr. Bob, as he likes to call himself, has been widely criticised for his anti-vaccine-critical stance,

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The proponent of the "alternative" vaccination schedule is revealed to be an anti-vax activist. If you have a strong stomach, try looking up the names of his fellow administrators for that Facebook group. They are a fairly comprehensive collection of idiots, loons and outright bastards from the far end of the antiscience conspiracy theory spectrum.

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Global Vaccination Community Neglecting Refugee Children - Doctors Without Borders

Global Vaccination Community Neglecting Refugee Children - Doctors Without Borders | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
Global Vaccination Community Neglecting Refugee Children Doctors Without Borders “Refugee children are incredibly vulnerable to developing vaccine-preventable diseases, so why do we keep hearing the players in the global vaccination community tell...
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How to fight a silent killer - Independent Online

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Independent Online
How to fight a silent killer
Independent Online
Cervarix protects only against two types of HPV, while Gardasil helps protect against four types of HPV – and prevents infection with HPV types 16, 18, 6 and 11.
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The facts behind HPV and the two vaccines, clearly put.

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CDC Telebriefing on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination coverage and vaccine safety monitoring

If HPV vaccine was given each time a preteen or teen got any other vaccine, HPV vax coverage could be 93% http://t.co/19TrXBWNnY...

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That press statement in full. Now compare and contrast with what actually got published.

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ScottishGovernment - News - Flu vaccination rolled out

All children to be offered immunisation by 2015.
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Winters are long in Scotland. You're practically guaranteed your two colds a year. Protecting young children against flu sounds like a damn good idea, especially as they're often the ones who go on to infect all those around them, poor wee souls.

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NIH admits supplying ineffective snake bite vaccine - The News International

NIH admits supplying ineffective snake bite vaccine - The News International | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
NIH admits supplying ineffective snake bite vaccine The News International ISLAMABAD: As incidents of snake bite are rising in the country with the advent of the monsoon season, the National Institute of Health (NIH) has decided to supply...
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Technically, it's not a vaccine but an antidote. Still...

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♨ Food ⊕ World ☼ Order ♕: 213 Women Who Took Gardasil Suffered Permanent Disability

♨ Food ⊕ World ☼ Order ♕: 213 Women Who Took Gardasil Suffered Permanent Disability | Vaxfax Monitor | Scoop.it
RT @lisa_alba: @TheRealRoseanne
☆what do they care
213 #Women Who Took #Gardasil Suffered #Permanent #Disability
http://t.co/2BYXmaaETk
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"Unfortunately, stories like Naomi’s are all too common in relation to Gardasil." sez the scaremongering text.

 

All too common? I took a minute or so to look up Naomi Snell. She herself apparently recognises that the reaction she suffered (which I'll assuime *was* due to the vaccine, since I didn't research further) was exceedingly rare and is more miffed at the lack of support from Australian health authorities than anything else.

 

What the loons won't admit, though, is that with hindsight the evidence shows vaccine is remarkably safe. Millions have been protected from genital warts and the rate of cervical cancer among those vaccinated is falling. Given a choice between hundreds of thousands, even millions, suffering pain, sterility and/or early death, and  a very few people suffering various types of adverse reaction, mostly less severe than the illness itself... Well, only a complete bastard would ignore the benefits

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