Category Archives: Vaccination

Buttigieg, Vaccines, And The Typical New Democratic Response

Tuesday, when asked by Buzzfeed about Buttigieg’s stance on vaccination, his campaign responded with an answer that went over like a lead balloon (boldface mine): “The law of the land for more than a century has been that states may … Continue reading

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Something Genomics Does Need To Confront: Anti-Vaxxers

Last week, a Canadian arbitrator ruled in favor of a parent who wanted to prevent the vaccination of her kids (the father had gone to court to get the kids vaccinated). This from the article leapt out of me (boldface … Continue reading

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Vaccination And Today’s Republican Party

We can, once and for all, put to rest the falsehood that anti-vaccination beliefs have a left-wing bias. From the great state of Texas (boldface mine): Texas state Representative Bill Zedler doesn’t understand the fuss over the resurgence of infectious … Continue reading

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Tennessee’s Republican Anti-Vaxxer: Republicans Need To Fix This

Last week, it was revealed that Tennessee Republican Congressman-Elect Mark Green is a full-blown vaccination conspiracist. While he’s sort of walked it back, he did so in the ways that most anti-vaxxers do, as Orac details. In other words, there’s … Continue reading

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Flu Vaccination Helps

A lot (boldface mine): These high hospitalization rates equated with a substantial influenza burden of illness during the 2016–2017 season with an estimated 30.9 million people getting sick with influenza, 14.5 million going to a health care provider for influenza, … Continue reading

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If You Ever Wonder Why Doctors And Scientists Get Shouty About Vaccination

Here’s why (boldface mine): Ms. Rogers had been sick for five days. Because she used an inhaler, Dr. Greenberg offered her a prescription for Tamiflu, even though it normally is effective only within the first two days of infection. Ms. … Continue reading

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Anti-Vaccination Still Has A Right-Wing Bias

From a recent YouGov/Economist poll (pdf; p. 54), which asked if the statement “Vaccines have been shown to cause autism” is true or not, we note the following (from top to bottom, definitely, true, probably true, probably not true, definitely … Continue reading

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Jill Stein And Anti-Vaxxers

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein has been quite the fly in the ointment the last couple of weeks, though that will probably recede as, unlike during the Democratic convention, there’s now no easy way for her to draw attention … Continue reading

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Do This

Flu season is starting, so protect other people from you–get your flu shot:

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Downplaying the Effects of Vaccine-Preventable Disease

It’s one of the more odious anti-vaccine tactics: arguing that diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, or diphtheria have minor health consequences. We learned last week that a man who was immunocompromised was killed by measles virus, which he likely … Continue reading

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