Properly evaluating vaccine mortality – let’s not abuse VAERS

The public's concern about adverse events, especially death, immediately or soon after vaccinations is very disruptive to vaccine uptake, leading to increased morbidity and mortality of vaccine-preventable diseases. For example, a 2009 Japanese study that showed 107 deaths following H1N1 influenza A vaccination, assumed a causality between the vaccine and the deaths…

Gardasil safety and efficacy – debunking the HPV vaccine myths

There was an article published in Pediatrics that described how educating either teenagers or their parents about HPV vaccinations had little effect on the overall vaccination rate for the vaccine. Essentially, the researchers found that it was a 50:50 probability that any teen would get the vaccine, regardless of their knowledge of…

Immune system myths – can we really boost it?

Immune system myths are one of the common claims of the junk medicine medicine crowd, especially the anti-vaccine activists. The pseudoscience of the immune system is pernicious and possibly dangerous. It's frustrating that the pseudoscience from the junk medicine crowd claims that this supplement or that food is critical to boosting the immune…

The Trump Wakefield anti-vaccine bromance – yes, it’s a thing

Two of the most disreputable public personas today are Andrew Wakefield, fraudulent anti-vaccine "scientist" and liar, and Donald J Trump, fraudulent anti-vaccine presidential candidate and liar. The Trump Wakefield bromance developed over their mutual belief that vaccines cause autism. In case you're wandering to this blog from another planet, there is absolutely…

Influenza vaccination – epic rant about anti-vaccine Dumb Asses

We're nearing the commencement of the 2016-2017 flu season in the Northern Hemisphere. And every flu season, for the past 5 years, I reprint Dr. Mark Crislip's epic rant about Dumb Ass healthcare workers who refuse to get the influenza vaccination. Dr. Crislip's impassioned characterizations, which was originally published in A Budget of Dumb…
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