articles tagged: vaccines
in one ear and out the other: are views on vaccination really immune to influence?
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in one ear and out the other: are views on vaccination really immune to influence?

Researchers tried to test whether debates about vaccination lead to more extreme polarization and found a complete shutdown of all debate. But is their study critically flawed?

when confronted with measles, anti-vaxxers and their kids get vaccinated
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when confronted with measles, anti-vaxxers and their kids get vaccinated

It’s one thing to speculate about how evil vaccines are and dismiss the illnesses they’re meant to prevent. But after seeing the effects of measles and whooping cough up close, parents and teenagers are losing their anti-vaxx attitudes.

when doctors catch a really dangerous case of chemophobia
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when doctors catch a really dangerous case of chemophobia

If you didn't want the COO of one the world's top hospitals to sound like Jenny McCarthy on a rampage, unfortunately, you're out of luck.

computers confirm, mommy blogs are a hazard to your health
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computers confirm, mommy blogs are a hazard to your health

Mommy blogs are filled with so much disinformation and scaremongering, they should be officially labeled an infectious disease vector.

why the latest vaccine study will go to waste
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why the latest vaccine study will go to waste

Anti-vaccine activists funded the most complete and thorough study of vaccine safety done to their exact specifications. Now they're livid because it found nothing even remotely concerning.

if it’s catchy, why bother with the science?
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if it’s catchy, why bother with the science?

One of the anti-vaxxer's favorite cliches is that too many vaccines overwhelm growing immune systems. But that claim falls apart when we look at the contents of the vaccines themselves.

when you don’t have anything nice to say…
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when you don’t have anything nice to say…

We're told to be civil and careful when addressing anti-vaccines activists. But the anti-vaxxers seldom share the same view of dealing with experts and critics.

statistics, vaccines, and viral evolution
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statistics, vaccines, and viral evolution

Researchers recommend a flu shot even in years when it's not very effective. Why? Because it slows the spread of the virus.

the great vaccine apocalypse cometh…
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the great vaccine apocalypse cometh…

The media is actively enabling anti-vaccination hysteria for the sake of ratings just when we need people to get the H1N1 shot and prevent the further spread of swine flu.