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Antivaxxers take note: vaccines stop polio outbreak in Tajikistan

August 4, 2010 | By

This is wildly good news! Through Vaccine Central I learned that a major polio outbreak in Tajikistan has been stopped! How? Through vaccination. Yup. The first reports of polio were confirmed in April — 413 of them. However, that ended in late June, when no new cases were reported. That is credited to the thousands […]

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Did the founder of the antivax movement fake autism-vaccine link?

February 7, 2009 | By

The UK-based Sunday Times has a potential bombshell on their site; they claim Dr. Andrew Wakefield, who started the whole "vaccines cause autism" garbage, faked his data to make that claim. About 10 years ago, Wakefield published a study dealing with children who were autistic, developing symptoms shortly after getting their shots, and linked this […]

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Vaccines: opinions are not facts

October 9, 2012 | By

There’s an old phrase among critical thinkers: you’re entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts*. The idea is that these are two different things: opinions are matters of taste or subjective conclusions, while facts stand outside that, independent of what you think or how you may be biased. You can have an […]

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Debunking vaccine myths

September 10, 2012 | By

My friend Dr. Rachael Dunlop is a tireless promoter of science and fighter of antivaccination propaganda. I somehow missed this when she wrote it last November, but she put together a fantastic article tearing apart a whole passel of antivax lies: "9 vaccination myths busted. With Science". It’s basically one-stop shopping for the truth about […]

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Victoria, Australia government wants to stop free pertussis vaccines

May 29, 2012 | By

[Note: Although I think it’s clear in the text below, I changed the title of this post to reflect the fact that it’s the Victorian government doing this, not the Federal Australian government.] In Australia, pertussis — whooping cough — is at epidemic levels. There were over 38,000 cases last year, and it’s killed eight […]

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Big Picture Science: Antivaxxers (and updates)

May 15, 2012 | By

I do a roughly monthly segment with astronomer Seth Shostak on Big Picture Science, a radio show/podcast done by The SETI Institute. This month, Seth and I talked about the American Airlines dustup when they were planning to run an interview with reality-impaired antivaxxer Meryl Dorey. This story is a great victory for reality, and […]

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Followup: Antivaxxers, airlines, and ailments

May 1, 2012 | By

Reality recently scored a major win when American Airlines agreed not to run an interview with notorious antivaxxer Meryl Dorey. An American living in Australia, Dorey runs the Orwellian-named Australian Vaccine Network, where she dispenses horrifically bad and outright false information about vaccines. Read the link above to see details about her shenanigans. After AA […]

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American Airlines to air dangerous antivax propaganda

April 23, 2012 | By

[UPDATE: American Airlines has agreed not to run the interview! That includes both the audio and print versions.] [Note: This post contains numerous links to articles showing antivax claims are misleading at best, and pose a huge health risk. I strongly urge you to read those links before leaving a comment.] In May 2011, an […]

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Stop antivaxxers. Now.

December 29, 2011 | By

There are times when reality is so obvious, so clear, so rock-solid 100% amazingly in-your-face incontrovertible, that it is beyond belief that anyone could deny it. And yet, antivaccination groups exist. Let me be very, very clear: they are wrong. Vaccines save lives. Vaccines save millions of lives. And not just directly, like they did […]

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A pox on antivaxxers

November 5, 2011 | By

A couple of antivax stories hit the web in the past day or so, and both have me pretty angry, shaking my head about how people can manage to get things so wrong. First, the antivax organization that is (Orwellianly) called the National Vaccine Information Center has paid for ads to run on in-flight Delta […]

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