Category Archives: Vaccination

Does Kumbaya As Public Health Policy Work?

A couple of days ago, I wound up in a Twitter discussion (or whatever it should be called) about an article suggesting people who refuse to vaccinate should be sued. There was some back and forth, but ultimately I’m convinced–and … Continue reading

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Yes, Measles Is Still Deadly

A problem public health officials face is that many communicable diseases aren’t lethal or even dangerous to most people (Ebola and HIV are the obvious exceptions). As a result, we tend to underestimate how dangerous many infectious diseases are. Tara … Continue reading

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Murphy’s Law of Vaccines

This, from a family physician, about the ‘law of vaccine supply and demand‘: Remember the H1N1 epidemic from 2009? The country was obsessed with the bird flu, like they are now with Ebola. My patients were scared to get the … Continue reading

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No, Anti-Vaccinationism Is Still Not a Left-Wing Cause

I’m glad to see Chris Mooney is mending his ways, as shown by this recent post (boldface mine): Here, the undeniable reality is that childhood vaccines are safe and do not cause autism. So do liberals deny this fact more … Continue reading

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NIH and Ebola

No, the bear didn’t have Ebola. But this came across the transom from NIH this week: The NIH is playing several important roles in dealing with this very serious situation. For decades, intramural and extramural researchers supported by NIH’s National … Continue reading

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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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