Tag Archives: Measles

…Then How Are Unvaccinated Children a Danger?

I still can’t believe I’m writing this. Last time, which was sadly much longer ago than I intended, I was writing about whether or not vaccines work. Which, of course, they do. Every disease we have a vaccine for has … Continue reading

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The Amazing Stubbornness of a Vaccine Anecdote

Yes, yes: my usual story. I spent way too much time on social media fighting with the anti-science crowd. It’s always a difficult balance, since I have a few projects with looming deadlines, yet I feel obligated to see a … Continue reading

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Reader Feedback: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Conspiracies

As a reader, I try to live by a simple maxim: never read the comments. While this might mean I miss out on valuable discussion, it’s far more likely that I’ll miss out on insane theories, racism, weaponized anti-science and … Continue reading

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Will Disneyland Change the Vaccination Debate?

By now you’d have to be pretty disconnected to have not heard about the Disneyland measles outbreak: over 100 cases and counting, and — surprise! — most of them are not vaccinated against the disease. It’s even been a recent … Continue reading

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Four Lies About the Measles Outbreak

The Disneyland measles outbreak hasn’t shown any signs of doing anything other than getting worse. As of right now, over 100 cases have been diagnosed in states across America. Most are situated in Southern California, and the vast majority are … Continue reading

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Paying The Toll For Anti-Vaccine Rhetoric

The anti-vaccination movement has run a two-decade-long campaign of fear-mongering. It’s a well-funded campaign with a provocative narrative. They warn anyone who will listen that vaccines are dangerous, useless, and that they may cause autism. They spread propaganda originating from a fabricated 1998 study by ex-medical … Continue reading

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What I’d Say to the Latest Anti-Vaccine Celebrity

Those who know me know two things about me: I love the Chicago Bears and I love talking about the importance of vaccinations. So when Kristin Cavallari, the wife of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, and apparently a celebrity in her … Continue reading

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Peer Review and the MMR-Autism Debacle

When a study is submitted to a scientific journal, it goes through a number of stages, at any of which, its publication could be rejected. The editorial team check the paper. They ensure it fits within the scope of their … Continue reading

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Five Anti-Vaccination Myths Exposed

Almost all substances are toxic under the right conditions. “Sola dosis facit venenum (only dose makes the poison).” -Paracelsus, the father of modern toxicology As a Medical Officer in the U.S. Army I had the opportunity to oversee the vaccination … Continue reading

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Vaccine Preventable Measles Back in North America

Measles, the most deadly of the childhood rash/fever illnesses, is back with a vengeance in North America.  More than 250 new cases have been identified in the Canadian province of Quebec since the beginning of the year.  Of those, 208 … Continue reading

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