Microcephaly Cases in Brazil Vastly Overestimated

Microcephaly Cases in Brazil Vastly Overestimated

A study published in the The Lancet on Feb. 6, 2016, reported that, prior to 2015, the number of reported suspected cases of microcephaly in infants born in Brazil had remained “consistently below 200” each year. Between mid-2015 and Jan. 30, 2016, the number of suspected cases of microcephaly reported totaled 4,783. Thus, in just half a year, the total number of suspected…

WHO Wants to Market Vaccines Like Burgers and Soda

WHO Wants to Market Vaccines Like Burgers and Soda

On August 18, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a press release from Geneva, Switzerland titled “Vaccine hesitancy: A growing challenge for immunization programmes.” The focus of the release was to highlight views expressed by public health officials in special edition of the journal Vaccine, which was “guest-edited” and published by the WHO.

Media Struggles to Pin Stupid Label on Well-Educated Vaccine Dissenters

There have been numerous articles in mainstream newspapers and magazines with titles that disparage anyone who questions the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, disagrees (in part or in total) with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommended schedule of vaccines, or opposes the idea of forcing people to get vaccinated against their will.

Jumping the Gun on the Zika-Microcephaly Connection

On January 21, 2016, TIME magazine published an article titled “The Brazilian Birth-Defect Rate Is Soaring Dramatically, Possibly Due to the Zika Virus. The article, written by Nash Jenkins, opens with the following paragraph: “Brazilian authorities have reported a huge increase in the number of babies born in the country with uncommonly small heads, and suspect…

The Zuckerberg Photo

When your net worth is estimated at $42.6 billion and you are the co-founder of an online social network used daily by more than 1 billion of the world’s 7.4 billion people, anything you say or do, no matter how mundane, has the potential to become instant, bigtime news that just about everybody is commenting on. It even has the potential to stir up controversy…

Physicians in France Question Vaccine Safety: Mainstream Media Blackout

There have been a number of articles floating around the internet claiming that France is opting out of vaccines. I could not find a credible source to back up this information, however, and from what I’ve examined, it does not seem to hold true. There is, nevertheless a demonstrably harsh resistance to vaccines among the general population and a significant portion…

Gauging Vaccine Reactions Absent Reliable Reporting

Using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD), Michael McNeil, MD and a team of researchers from the CDC conducted a study that identified only 33 “confirmed vaccine-triggered anaphylaxis cases” in 25,173,965 vaccine doses given to patients during January 2009 through December 2011. According to the…

Thimerosal Monkey Study Fuels Media Smugfest Despite Unanswered Questions

Newsweek magazine published a lengthy article on October 2, 2015 titled “Anti-Vaxxers Accidentally Fund a Study Showing No Link Between Autism and Vaccines,” written by Jessica Firger. It’s about a study funded by SafeMinds, a 501(c)3 non-profit “grassroots organization comprised of parents, self-advocates, scientists, clinicians, government relations specialists…

The Ugly Untold Truth About the Pertussis Vaccine

The New York Times reports on a new study finding that the greatest risk to infants of being infected with the bacteria that causes whooping cough, or pertussis, now comes from their older siblings. The Times explains that this is “probably a result of waning immunity among children and adolescents who had received the DTaP vaccine.” Indeed, waning immunity…

WHO Reports Two Cases of Vaccine-Derived Poliovirus in Ukraine

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed two cases of vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) in the Ukraine. The cases involved a four-year old child and a 10-month old child in the Zakarpatskaya region of southwestern Ukraine. The onset of paralysis occurred on June 30 and July 7, 2015. According to the WHO, the emergence of cVDPV1 was due…