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…but how do we recover from Jenny McCarthy?

October 20, 2008 | By

As I mentioned, I’m no fan of Jenny McCarthy. Her antivaccination stance is totally without merit, and in fact her status as a public spokesman for that movement constitutes a public health hazard. Let me take a moment here to say something very carefully. I am a parent. I love my daughter, and want to […]

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Stop Jenny McCarthy

October 20, 2008 | By

My attitude about Jenny McCarthy is well-documented here. She is a leading spokesperson for the antivaccination antiscientific movement. These are people who think vaccines cause autism, despite no evidence at all showing this to be the case, and a tsunami of evidence clearly showing there is no relation at all. I will have more to […]

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McCain's McCarthyism. McMaybe.

October 2, 2008 | By

My head is spinning after researching this blog post. See if you can follow along here. You may want to sit down, and have a bucket of water handy. A while back, Presidential candidate John McCain said that there was evidence that vaccines cause autism. This did not endear him to me. Then, actress Jenny […]

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October 1, 2008 | By

As has been pointed out in this blog before, Jenny McCarthy is antiscience and Amanda Peet is a hero. Ms. McCarthy campaigns that vaccines cause autism (which is wrong wrong wrong) and Ms. Peet has been vocal that there is no connection, and vaccinations are important. Ms. Peet is getting the expected earful of vitriol, […]

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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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NBC airs Pledge of Allegiance without "under God"

June 20, 2011 | By

A minor firestorm has been lit by the NBC TV network: for their coverage of the the U.S. Open golf competition over the weekend, NBC aired a little patriotic intro of kids reciting the "Pledge of Allegiance" to the American flag intercut with shots of soldiers raising the flag. No big deal for a sports […]

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Pertussis and measles are coming back

June 1, 2011 | By

It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned antivax topics here, and a lot has happened in the past few weeks.. and it’s not good. Our old nemesis measles is roaring back in the US, with the CDC actually issuing a warning for travelers. Americans visiting other countries are bringing the disease back with them, and […]

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More news on preventable diseases

April 7, 2011 | By

I know I just wrote about vaccine-preventable diseases on the rise once again, but even in the past couple of days there’s more news: 1) Houston is seeing the first case of measles in six years. The victim? An 11-month-old baby. Let’s hope she has a full and swift recovery, and no one else falls […]

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Indexed takes on antivaxxers

February 28, 2011 | By

Jessica Hagy has a terrific website called Indexed, where she uses simple, hand-drawn charts and Venn diagrams to make some pithy point in a funny way. She’s tackles all kinds of topics, and recently, to my heart’s delight, made a very simple point about vaccines: Yup. Hard to be any more succinct than that. [Speaking […]

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Bill Gates lays it on the line about vaccines

February 7, 2011 | By

Geez, a ton of vaccination related news came in the past few days: 1) The big story folks are talking about is Bill Gates’ very outspoken comments on the antivaxxers and Andrew Wakefield: Dr. Wakefield has been shown to have used absolutely fraudulent data. He had a financial interest in some lawsuits, he created a […]

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