Tag Archives: MMR

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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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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Is herd immunity a myth? A response to Russell Blaylock, Part 2

In my previous article, I began my response to Russell Blaylock’s 2012 essay “The Deadly Impossibility Of Herd Immunity Through Vaccination” in which he seems to claim that vaccines are essentially worthless and therefore the nationwide mandates for immunization are … 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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