False balance is the bane of a science communicator's existence. KATU's Genevieve Reaume provided false balance in abundance in a story about the measles outbreak and the antivaccine movement.
Yet another huge epidemiological study finds no association between vaccination with MMR and autism. Same as it ever was. That doesn't stop a particularly clueless antivaxer from trying to "refute" it, to hilariously inept results.
It's indisputable that vaccines protect against specific infectious diseases. What's less well known is how a vaccine like the measles vaccine protects against more than just measles.
Remember Brian Hooker's pseudoscience-laden "study" linking the MMR vaccine with autism in African-American boys? It's back from the dead! Even more hilariously, it' was published in that rag of a "journal" for all things right wing conspiracy pseudoscience, the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.
Infectious disease outbreaks are costly in human and financial terms. An analysis of the 2013 Brooklyn measles outbreak shows just how costly one outbreak can be and how much it can strain already strained public health resources. This is the cost of antivaccine madness.
A new study shows where in the US antivaxers are most likely to make measles great again, thanks to driving up nonmedical exemptions and driving down vaccine uptake.
Earlier this week, Chelsea Clinton spoke out against Andrew Wakefield and in support of vaccines. Hilarity ensued as antivaxers lost their mind in rage and faux disappointment in her.
American antivaccine activists have contributed to a massive measles outbreak among the Minnesota Somali immigrant community by spreading Andrew Wakefield's misinformation. In the wake of the harm they've caused, they're not apologetic. They're doubling down.
Right now, Europe is in the middle of a massive measles outbreak that has resulted in 35 deaths. Is Europe a harbinger of things to come in the US?
Antivaxers targeted a. vulnerable community of Somali immigrants in Minnesota. The result: A large (and growing) measles outbreak. Thanks, Andy.