Category Archives: Vaccination

Yes, Vaccine Denialism Has a Slight Rightwing Bias–And Now It’s GOP Approved

By way of PZ Myers, we read that the Texas Republican Party Platform contains the following: All adult citizens should have the legal right to conscientiously choose which vaccines are administered to themselves, or their minor children, without penalty for … Continue reading

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Vaccination Still Has a Slight Right-Wing Bias: The Dan Kahan Edition

I’ve been one of the few people (perhaps the only one) who has noticed that, when you look at data, the popular misconception that anti-vaccinationism is not a left-wing phenomenon; in fact, it has a slight right-wing bias. Dan Kahan … Continue reading

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Yes, Vaccination Still Has a Slight Right-Wing Bias

I guess today’s theme is “that creationist charter school in Texas.” Anyway, here’s an interesting tidbit from that article: Responsive Ed’s butchering of evolution isn’t the only part of its science curriculum that deserves an F; it also misinforms students … Continue reading

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Anti-Vaxxers Are Now Anti-Vitamin K-ers

When I started reading this article about the increasing number of parents who don’t want to give their newborns a vitamin K shot (this greatly reduces the chance of hemorrhaging from vitamin K deficiency bleeding), I said to myself, “Damn, … Continue reading

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One Small Cost of the Shutdown: The Arbovirus Edition

Well, it’s probably not small to this scientist, and possibly for the rest of us: We don’t have any federal grants, but I am a scientist with a small vaccine R&D start up. We were slated to have a meeting … Continue reading

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Yes, Vaccination Still Has a Slight Rightwing Bias

As annoying as the ‘get back to Nature’ anti-vaxxers crowd can be–the ones who apparently have chosen the tapeworm as their spirit guide–never underestimate the ability of the constant, unyielding paranoia of the psychiatric* wing of the conservative movement. Consider … Continue reading

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Yes, Vaccination Works: The NYC Meningitis Edition

Or we could just think happy thoughts: A bacterial meningitis outbreak among gay and bisexual men in New York City that had raised fears of a new AIDS-type epidemic has subsided after an aggressive vaccination campaign, leaving city health officials … Continue reading

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Anti-Vaccination Has a Slight Rightwing Bias and the ‘Whole Foods Liberal’

Don’t worry though, there’s enough stupid to go around: As I’ve noted before, there’s a slight bias against vaccination on the right, not the left. This always comes as a shock to people, because inevitably the shibboleth of the ‘Whole … Continue reading

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Yes, Vaccination Saves Lives

Just ask Canada: Besides the obvious fear of polio, rubella (the “R” in the MMR vaccine) vaccination has been so successful, most people don’t even realize what a public scourge it once was. Which is a very good thing.

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Tragic Influenza-Related Factoid of the Day

From the Boston Globe (boldface mine): Roughly 100 children die in an average flu season. One exception was the swine flu pandemic of 2009-2010, when 348 children died. The CDC recommends that all children ages 6 months and older be … Continue reading

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