Tag: #vaccines

How Many People Need to Experience Something for That Something to Be True?

I think I need to start this blog post by clarifying something that several people have failed to understand when reading what I write or listening to me talk about the so-called "vaccine-autism connection." I don't have any children, so I don't know what it is like to be a parent. My parent-like experiences range ...

The Best Argument Against the “Vax Shill” Argument

Another week, another online and anonymous accusation that I am a "vax shill." The term means that I am somehow getting money or some other form of material benefit from defending vaccine science. Some weird dude from Pennsylvania would like to take credit for creating that label, but these accusations have been around since the days ...

Public Health is in a bit of a pickle over the nasal flu vaccine

No more FluMist vaccine for flu this coming flu season. What are the implications? Many.

The Rorschach Test of anti-vaccine beliefs

You have probably heard by now about a documentary spliced together by known anti-vaccine fraud Andrew Wakefield. I write that it was "spliced together" because so much of it is non-linear. There's no introduction, thesis statement, and supporting facts. It's all a hodge podge of talking heads, testimonials, spliced sampling of a recorded conversation of ...

Guess who got published?

If antivaxxers didn't like me before, they are probably going to hate me. It's okay though. I'm a big boy. I can take it. Anyway, I had the privilege of collaborating with Dorit Reiss on a paper about mandates that require health care workers to be immunized against influenza. I wrote the parts about influenza disease ...

A measles outbreak that makes the Disneyland measles outbreak look like a trip to Disneyland

From Reuters: "A measles outbreak in the copper-mining Katanga province in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 315 people and infected at least 20,000, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Hundreds more deaths have likely not been documented due to difficulties accessing remote areas, The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) ...

The real story behind “Herd Immunity”

It’s not about stopping disease altogether. It’s about stopping outbreaks. It’s about the herd, not the individual. Continue reading on Medium »

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Why I won’t be live-tweeting “The Vaccine War” from Frontline on PBS

There are not “two sides” when it comes to vaccines. Vaccines save lives. Period. Continue reading on Medium »

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A slow and painful death

Over on Skewed Distribution, I was not surprised to see a blog post about antivaxxers wishing death upon people who promote vaccines. The antivaxxer in question wrote a comment wishing pro-vaccine people "a slow and painful death." I jokingly commented that the joke is on them, since vaccines prevent slow and painful deaths. That got ...

Talking Tuesday: Driving To A Gig

I apologize for the audio quality at some points. I was driving, and it's obvious that I have a wire throwing out some interference someplace. Almost 18 minutes of me telling you what I think about the measles outbreak and about me calling a radio station to kind of influence the discussion on vaccines. Pardon ...