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Doctors Drop Unvaccinated Patients

The decision to vaccinate a child shouldn’t really be a hard one to make. In fact, I don’t really think it should be a decision at all. Vaccines have been proven time and time again to be both very safe and extremely effective. And yet some people still choose not to have their children vaccinated. [...]

Michele Bachmann: Vaccines cause mental retardation

Move over Jenny McCarthy.

You’ve probably heard about the HPV vaccine debate by now. Governor and presidential hopeful Rick Perry has been taking heat for his executive order that young women be offered Gardasil to inoculate against the virus linked to cervical cancer.

This isn’t the place to debate the wisdom of “being forced to [...]

Bill Gates, Vaccines, and All of Us.

I received an email last week from someone who didn’t care for the article “You Gotta Believe” that I had published in UTNE a few weeks ago. Here is a snippet from her critique:

“You just toe the government line and convince people that yes everything there government says is true, that 911 was caused [...]

More Trouble for Wakefield

We have been following the rise and fall of Andrew Wakefield – the UK doctor who first started the vaccines-cause-autism scare with his 1998 Lancet paper about the MMR vaccine. Wakefield’s conversion from dubious researcher to notorious crank is pretty much complete, but the medical community is still shaking him off, like a lingering bad [...]

An Epidemic of Fear

Wired Magazine has written an excellent piece summarizing the current vaccine controversy. They take the exactly correct editorial stance – unreasonable fear surrounding vaccines, stoked by an ideological anti-vaccine movement, is hurting vaccine compliance, reducing herd immunity, and putting us all at risk.

We criticize bad science reporting often, so we also make a point [...]