Media Misreports Death of El Al Flight Attendant

Media Misreports Death of El Al Flight Attendant

Many media outlets that reported the death of Israeli flight attendant Rotem Amitai on Aug. 13, 2019 published articles with headlines that either stated she died of measles or implied as much. The Times of Israel headline, for example, read, “Flight attendant who died from measles named as Rotem Amitai.” The United Kingdom’s Daily Mail […]

Anti-Vaxxers are Dangerous and Should Be Arrested?

Anti-Vaxxers are Dangerous and Should Be Arrested?

You may have noticed a recent article in The Washington Post by Juliette N. Kayyem entitled “Anti-vaxxers are dangerous. Make them face isolation, fines, arrests.”1 My initial reaction was the article must have been written by a moron. However, my opinion changed when I discovered the author, Ms. Kayyem, who graduated from Harvard law school […]

Media Dismisses Legitimate Concerns About Vaccines

Media Dismisses Legitimate Concerns About Vaccines

I am sorry to say I found the recent Orlando Sentinel editorial “Florida should end religious exemptions to measles vaccine”1 to be really crass and heartless in tone. Tired points were once again trotted out (movement stems from “false” study in The Lancet, no link between autism and vaccines, Jenny McCarthy’s “propaganda,” anti-vaxxers promote junk […]

White, College-Educated, ‘Whole Foods Moms’ Deemed the Enemy

White, College-Educated, ‘Whole Foods Moms’ Deemed the Enemy

If you are someone who has questions about the safety of vaccines or the wisdom of giving so many vaccines at one time and over the course of a lifetime, or if you question the ethics of forced vaccination laws that deny the right to informed consent to vaccine risk taking, or if you just […]

How to Immunize Yourself Against Vaccine Propaganda

How to Immunize Yourself Against Vaccine Propaganda

A New York Times editorial attacks “anti-vaxxers” as “the enemy”, but it’s the Times editors who are dangerously irrational and ignorant of the science. On January 19, 2019, the New York Times published an editorial mischaracterizing anyone who dares to criticize or dissent from public vaccine policy as dangerously irrational and ignorant.1 In doing so, the Times avoided having to […]

Media Takes Low Road by Pitting Children Against Their Parents to Promote Vaccines

Media Takes Low Road by Pitting Children Against Their Parents to Promote Vaccines

The news headlines are awash with the story of 18-year-old Ethan Lindenberger of Norwalk, Ohio who, upon turning 18, decided to publicly criticize his mother for not giving him every government recommended vaccine when he was a child. A disagreement between a mother and her son turned into a media circus when Ethan publicly celebrated his […]

What Doctors Learn in Medical School About Vaccines

What Doctors Learn in Medical School About Vaccines

The idea that there are “medical experts” who, by virtue of the MD initials placed after their names, automatically know more than anyone else about vaccines is pervasive. This commonly held belief persists, despite overwhelming evidence that doctors are taught almost nothing about vaccines in medical school. Doctors are taught that vaccines have saved the world […]

Hold Up. Don’t Be So Quick to Blame the Unvaccinated.

Hold Up. Don’t Be So Quick to Blame the Unvaccinated.

Four things struck me about the Women’s Health article “A 4-Month-Old Just Died From Meningitis After Likely Exposure To An Unvaccinated Person” by Korin Miller. First, that the author would infuse her piece with an unfounded suggestion that the infant (Killy Schultz), who reportedly died of meningitis on June 30, 2018, was infected by an unvaccinated […]

Study: How to Understand and Help the Vaccine Doubters

Study: How to Understand and Help the Vaccine Doubters

A new article in Scientific America titled “How to Understand, and Help, the Vaccine Doubters” frames empathetic understanding of vaccine doubters as a new way to convince said doubters of the folly of their ways. It seeks to explain why parents who question such issues as school vaccine mandates, injection of myriad vaccine…

Beware of Applying Numbing Creams Before Vaccination

Beware of Applying Numbing Creams Before Vaccination

Numbing creams that contain lidocaine and prilocaine can also lead to irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing, seizures, and coma and death. In 2012, the University of Toronto in Canada conducted a survey of 1,204 children and 883 parents and found that the fear of needles was a factor in discouraging some from getting vaccinated.

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