Countries like Germany and Australia are tired of measles outbreaks — so they're moving to fine anti-vaccine parents.
Recent measles outbreaks put Hudson Valley schools at the center of a vitriolic legal and public health debate.
The ubiquity of the groups, of course, does not change the misinformation they spread: that vaccines are dangerous, even deadly; that they are linked not only to autism but also to ADHD, asthma, depression and a grab bag of other conditions. The near unanimous global consensus on the safety and lifesaving power of vaccines, they say, is a conspiracy driven by profits, on the part of governments, the pharmaceutical industry and even individual pediatricians.
California law bars parents from citing personal or religious beliefs to keep from vaccinating their children. Now parents are turning to doctors who write medical exemptions liberally and sometimes for cash.
Perhaps if we stop worrying about our political agendas and concentrate on the health of our children, we will no longer read headlines about children needlessly being infected with preventable illnesses.
Some anti-vaxxers are pushing bogus advice hotlines. But the media may also be highlighting falsities.
As families face back-to-school medical requirements this month, the country feels the impact of a vaccine resistance movement decades in the making.
The no-vaccine crowd has persuaded a lot of people. But public health can prevail.
I'm now a vaccine advocate. This is how I got here.
A new study shows that when people are told the truth about side effects, they stick to misconceptions
We’re comfortable with taxes on tobacco, alcohol, and, recently, marijuana. Why don’t we use one for refusing vaccines, too?
The more we understand this, the better we can allay these fears.
The popular depiction of antivaxxers as “earthy-crunchy” doesn’t tell the whole story. Anti-vaccine sentiment is strongly associated with conspiracy thinking and protection of individual freedoms, traits that are finding a home among far-right groups.
Squelching vaccine misinformation might be easier than the platform makes it seem.
Medical responders spend millions of tax dollars handling disease outbreaks that could have been prevented—with vaccines.
Why a vaccine researcher is waging war on the anti-vaccine movement.
But as parents in some states increasingly take advantage of non-medical exemptions that allow them to forego standard vaccinations, more and more children are reaching their teenage years only to discover—from their peers, teachers, and through Twitter and Facebook and other online platforms—that their bodies are at the center of a roiling tug-of-war between science and pseudoscience. And this has increasing numbers of unvaccinated near-adults digging through literature and asking questions in online forums in an effort to discover, for themselves, the truth about vaccines, and what options are available to them as they approach the age of consent.
Kent State epidemiologist Tara Smith talks about vaccines, recent preventable measles outbreaks and her 2017 journal article on vaccine rejection.
Given the consistent message from the scientific community about the safety of vaccines, and evidence of vaccine success as seen through the eradication of diseases, why has the skepticism about vaccines continued?
One possibility is that attitudes about medical experts help to explain the endorsement of anti-vax attitudes. Specifically, building on past research, our research team contends that some U.S. adults might support anti-vax policy positions in part because they believe they know more than medical experts about autism and its causes. We wanted to test this theory.
Despite years of research, there’s no good way to convince anti-vaxxers of the truth. It’s time to make vaccination mandatory for all kids.
Yes, Big Pharma is making money from immunizations. But that doesn't mean anyone should skip the shots.
“From a psychological perspective, parents who choose not to vaccinate their children are likely falling victim to several errors in thinking, or cognitive biases,” says Dr. Rachelle M. Smith, Chair of Social Sciences and Associate Professor of Psychology at Husson University in Bangor, ME. “Cognitive biases frequently occur when an individual doesn't have enough information or has strong emotions related to a complex decision.”
The obvious repercussions of not vaccinating your pets is transmission. According to the World Health Organization, 55,000 people worldwide die every year from rabies, and “the vast majority” of those deaths are from dog bites.
In some places, dodging your children's immunizations is as easy as checking a box.
This isn't a religious dispute, like the debate over creationism and intelligent design. It's a challenge to traditional science that crosses party, class, and religious lines. It is partly a reaction to Big Pharma's blunders and PR missteps, from Vioxx to illegal marketing ploys, which have encouraged a distrust of experts. It is also, ironically, a product of the era of instant communication and easy access to information.
Kristen O’Meara refused to vaccinate her children for more than five years.
Then her entire family contracted Rotavirus, a potentially deadly stomach virus that can be prevented with a vaccination. It was a wake-up call she couldn’t ignore.
After more than 50 years as a medical and science writer, I’m pained to see that childhood immunizations, perhaps the most important health and lifesaving advance of the last century, are being seriously eroded by misinformation and scaremongering.
Recently, many parents and communities have decided not to vaccinate their children. There are several reasons people choose not to vaccinate their children, primarily born from misinformation from anti-vaccine advocates. One advocate who profoundly impacted the discussion of vaccine safety is Andrew Wakefield.
IN a few backward parts of the world, extremists resist universal childhood vaccinations. The Taliban in tribal areas of Pakistan. Boko Haram militants in Northern Nigeria. Oh, yes, one more: Some politicians in the United States.
It’s not just the anti-vaxxers—Canada’s vaccination system is a mess. How governments and parents are failing our kids.
The controversy over vaccines is as old as vaccination itself. When Edward Jenner, a brilliant English country doctor, discovered the vaccine for smallpox in 1796, he faced as much criticism as praise.
'That is the question' that continues to be unresolved even after the landmark study that linked the increased incidence of autism to vaccinations was found to be fradulent.
It seems there are a lot of celebrities that are speaking outwardly about whether they are for or against vaccinations. Probably the most outspoken and well known celebrities are Jenny McCarthy, against and Amanda Peet, for.
Zika does carry potential dangers for expectant mothers and their babies. But the virus is tame compared to its local counterparts — dengue is nicknamed “break-bone fever,” chikungunya “bending-up fever.” But it is really tame compared to tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, the bacterial infections against which Tdap protects.
Those of you who have avoided childhood illnesses without vaccines are lucky. You couldn’t do it without us pro-vaxxers. Once the vaccination rates begin dropping, the drop in herd immunity will leave your children unprotected. The more people you convert to your anti-vax stance, the quicker that luck will run out.
Researchers are finding more and more that online misinformation fuels the spread of diseases such as tooth decay, Ebola, and measles.
In 2013, biologist Dr. Brian Hooker received a call from a Senior Scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who led the agency’s 2004 study on the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine and its link to autism.
The scientist, Dr. William Thompson, confessed that the CDC had omitted crucial data in their final report that revealed a causal relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism. Over several months, Dr. Hooker records the phone calls made to him by Dr. Thompson who provides the confidential data destroyed by his colleagues at the CDC.
Learn The Risk, US-based non-profit organization, is a powerful force for educating people WORLDWIDE on the dangers of pharmaceutical products, including vaccines and unnecessary medical treatments — that are literally killing us.
The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is dedicated to the prevention of vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and to defending the informed consent ethic in medicine. As an independent clearinghouse for information on diseases and vaccines, NVIC does not advocate for or against the use of vaccines. We support the availability of all preventive health care options, including vaccines, and the right of consumers to make educated, voluntary health care choices.
We have created this website to tell our son's story and to share with other parents the information we have found about pediatric brain tumors and about childhood vaccinations.
Why vaccination continues even though it is unsafe and ineffective.
The Global Vaccine Institute...Uncensored information on how vaccines affect our children.
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Assists parents in the decision making process on immunisation, by providing you with what we consider to be balanced objective information. The question most parents would like answered is whether vaccinated children are healthier than unvaccinated children and despite the masive uptake of vaccination programmes no one is trying to find out.
VAERS is a post-marketing safety surveillance program, collecting information about adverse events (possible side effects) that occur after the administration of US licensed vaccines.
". . . If the State can tag, track down and force citizens against their will to be injected with biologicals of unknown toxicity today, there will be no limit on which individual freedoms the State can take away in the name of the greater good tomorrow."
This Gary Null, Ph.D. documentary challenges the assumption that vaccines are PERFECTLY safe. The use of heavy metals such as mercury, connections to autism and the high number of vaccines given at a very young age to children are among the arguments presented.