Another Reason to Despise the Anti-Vaccination Movement

Would you like to be vaccinated against Lyme Disease? Sure you would; why would anyone want to put up with the complications that might arise from having a Lyme tick bite you--complications that "can lead to arthritis, neurologic problems like meningitis or nerve inflammation, and sometimes even heart problems"? Yes, a vaccine against Lyme Disease …

The Evidence Is Beginning to Pile Up

More proof--as though more were needed--that the anti-vaccination movement is built on misinformation, disinformation, bad science, ignorance, and outright lies: A major study published in one of the world’s leading medical journals has concluded that there is no link between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination and autism in children. The findings from the study of …

The Anti-Vaccine Movement Meets Reality

In the worst way, of course: In the ongoing skirmishes between public health officials and vaccine skeptics, I'm scoring this one for the pro-immunization forces. A Canadian woman who had declined to have her children immunized against pertussis, better known as whooping cough, has changed her position now that all seven of her children have come …

My Policy on Vaccines and Vaccinations

I'll have something to say about individual politicians and their stances on vaccines and vaccination policy later. For now, here is where I stand: 1. Vaccinations should be mandatory. 2. Any religious objections to vaccinations should be found to fail even when strict scrutiny is applied as the standard of review. The state certainly can …

Yes, Jenny McCarthy Is Anti-Vaccine

Here is the proof. I am sure that there is more proof out there, but this ought to suffice. Can we debate something genuinely controversial now, like whether water is wet, fire is hot, ice is cold, night is dark and day is light? Because that might serve as a more valuable use of our time.

What the Anti-Vaccine Movement Hath Wrought

Behold: Kathryn Riffenburg decided on a closed casket for her baby's funeral. She didn't want her family to see what whooping cough, her son's first illness, had done to 9-week-old Brady Alcaide. The nearly forgotten disease, which has in recent years afflicted thousands of Americans, left Brady's tiny body swollen and unrecognizable. So his mother …

Dear Anti-Vaccination Fanatics

Don't ever forget that you are responsible for stories like this one: Measles, a highly contagious and dangerous virus, was thought to have been eradicated from the U.S. with vaccines -- but in recent years outbreaks have been occurring at an alarming rate. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports there was an average of 83 measles …