Category Archives: Vaccination

A Public Health Question About the Bird Influenza Epidemic

You might not be aware of a massive bird flu epidemic ripping its way across the U.S.: Iowa, where one in every five eggs consumed in the country is laid, has been the hardest hit: More than 40 percent of … Continue reading

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Perhaps Anti-Vax Is a Step Too Far…

…even for conservatives? One can hope (boldface mine): Rep. Barry Loudermilk, a Georgia Republican who recently became the chair of a key congressional subcommittee on science and technology, didn’t vaccinate most of his children, he told a crowd at his … Continue reading

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A Smart Vaccination Policy in Maryland

One of the mysterious things about vaccine exemptions is the religious exemption, since most religions don’t have any particular problem with vaccination in general (Christian Scientists and some Dutch Reformed do, along with anti-abortion advocates who oppose vaccines derived from … Continue reading

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All of Anti-Vaccination Gall Can Be Divided Into Three Parts

Given the way both the internet and our political discourse works, by next week, we’ll probably have forgotten all about the (lack of) vaccination problem, so I’ll post this today. I’m not convinced that we can convince most anti-vaxxers to … Continue reading

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The Clinical Significance of Measles: A Review

This was in the queue, and seems relevant giving at least one conservative pundit’s claim that measles isn’t “that big of a deal“. That’s the rather anodyne title of this article (open access) that describes the effects of measles infections … Continue reading

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A Cool Vaccination-Related Game

I can’t remember where exactly, but the Twitterz pointed me towards this very addictive game that also gives a nice, hands-on demonstration of how herd immunity works. You will spend more time than you should playing this….

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The Horrifying Irony of Anti-Abortionists Who Oppose the MMR Vaccine

While I’ve discussed this before, the opposition of anti-abortionists to the MMR vaccine–specifically the “R” component that protects against rubella–seems topical, especially since some prominent Republican politicians, to their everlasting shame, are playing footsie with anti-vaccinationism (boldface mine): As the … Continue reading

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