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It seems that a college student “infected with the contagious disease” (measles) rode on the Bay Area Rapid Transit system last week. This semi-legitimately has the public health folk concerned and they’ve made the usual announcements warning people (10,000? 100,000?) who rode the trains, etc., etc. Continue reading
2. Doctors, nurses and other health care workers balk at getting vaccinated
3. Flu death stats wildly overblown
Why write something when someone has said it better?
Here we go, all hands on deck,the vaccine debate get’s fired up.
update: Courtesy of a Junk Science reader, I’ve been directed to a Twitter comment by Ms. McCarthy where she claims this latest story is untrue. (I’m leaving it online rather than deleting it).
Her latest post is at:
[our original story is after the "more" break]
Courtesy of the anti vaccine bunch, led in large part by Robert F. Kennedy jr. and actress Jenny McCarthy, a disturbingly high percentage of know nothing parents have been refusing to vaccinate their kids.
The CDC released figures this week showing a tripling of reported measles cases this year compared to the past trend.
As Reuters reported:
“The number of reported cases of measles in the United States this year is nearly three times the annual average, federal health officials said on Thursday, highlighting the continued threat of the disease 50 years after development of a vaccine.
“There have been 175 measles cases so far in 2013, compared with the typical national average of about 60 cases a year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.”
CNN reports that:
“A now-retracted British study that linked autism to childhood vaccines was an “elaborate fraud” that has done long-lasting damage to public health, a leading medical publication reported Wednesday.
“An investigation published by the British medical journal BMJ concludes the study’s author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study — and that there was “no doubt” Wakefield was responsible.
“‘It’s one thing to have a bad study, a study full of error, and for the authors then to admit that they made errors,’” Fiona Godlee, BMJ’s editor-in-chief, told CNN. “‘But in this case, we have a very different picture of what seems to be a deliberate attempt to create an impression that there was a link by falsifying the data.’”
Some researchers analyzed the news coverage in the UK. To the surprise of, well, absolutely no one, people with connections to the drug industry were way more worried publicly, and were solidly promoting the use of anti-viral and other meds. This despite the fact that the effectiveness of these treatments is, to be charitable, very questionable.
To be fair, of course, many experts are, indeed, working in their industries of choice. Just like, for example, aeronautical experts are going to be found at Boeing. But they really should ID their affiliations and reporters need to keep them in mind: Continue reading
The Gomer Blog reports: Continue reading
DNAInfo.com reports: Continue reading
Vaccination rates dropping: Children needlessly at risk thanks to celebrity morons RFK Jr, Jenny McCarthy, Dierdre Imus
The Associated Press reports: Continue reading
Keep sharp objects away from RFK Jr. and Jenny McCarthy. Continue reading
The Wall Street Journal reports: Continue reading
“This year, the U.K. has had more than 1,200 cases of measles, after a record number of nearly 2,000 cases last year. The country once recorded only several dozen cases every year. It now ranks second in Europe, behind only Romania.” Continue reading
Congrats to The Lancet for stoking vaccine fears in 1998. Continue reading