Yesterday, antivaxers held a protest event on the Mall in Washington, DC that they called the Vaccine Injury Epidemic (VIE) Event. Misnformation flowed fast and furious.
Ohio, you have a definite antivaccine problem in your statehouse. Unfortunately, Ohio is not alone. Antivaxers have outsized influence in too many state legislatures.
Orac has been writing about this a long time. Finally, the mainstream media are noticing how antivaxers target minorities with their message.
A week and a half ago, an old “friend” of the blog, pediatrician and antivaccine apologist Dr. Jay Gordon, made an appearance on Real Time With Bill Maher. In a long segment, the antivaccine misinformation flowed fast and furious in a Gish gallop of pseudoscience. WTF, HBO?
Ezekiel Stephan was a toddler who died tragically in 2012 because his parents did not treat his bacterial meningitis with medicine, but rather with quackery. His parents were convicted, then acquitted on appeal. A week ago, his father attacked the Canadian Medical Association for reporting on a petition doctors sent to the court urging that courts overturn the acquittal.
Tetyana Obukhanych has a PhD in immunology but has somehow become antivaccine. This week, she tried to refute two recent studies on immune amnesia induced by measles virus infection. Let's just say that it did not go well.
Two new studies, this time finding immune amnesia due to measles, show why measles is serious and you should vaccinate your children. That's right, contrary to antivax claims, "natural infection" with measles doesn't "boost the immune system." Quite the contrary!
The Cleveland Clinic has, unfortunately, embraced the quackery known as "functional medicine." Now it's publishing dubious studies touting it.
Antivaxers are nothing if not persistent and sometimes creative abusing science. This time it's molecular mimicry, because of course it is. Anything to blame vaccines for autoimmune disease!
Another study appears to link chronic inflammation of the brain to autism. Antivaxers, as always, conclude that vaccines done it. This is a continuation of yesterday's discussion.