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Why, oh, why do news organizations do such ridiculously stupid things?

In this case, the CBC decided to put up a poll regarding the chickenpox vaccine. Here’s the setup:

The Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS) says children should receive two doses of the chickenpox vaccine to avoid losing immunity and developing the disease as adults.

Chickenpox is an infectious disease that results in a blister-like rash, itching, tiredness, and fever. (Dr. John Noble, Jr./CDC)”Adults who get chickenpox have more serious illness, are more likely to get pneumonia and to be admitted to hospital. They also have a higher death rate from the disease,” said Dr. Marina Salvadori, the author of the society’s statement.

Since 2007, all Canadian provinces and territories have had routine immunizations programs consisting of one dose of the vaccine.

And here’s the poll:

Do you agree with the Canadian Pediatric Society position on chickenpox vaccination?

  • Yes
  • No
  • I’m not sure

As of now, it’s not as bad as I expected, with “yes” being at about 45%. We supporters of science can do better.

Oh, and someone should tell the CBC just how pointless these polls are.