New York Post flubs facts in vilifying RFK Jr. on vaccines

The New York Post’s editorial board went personal yesterday in “RFK Jr.’s vaccine villainy,” an over-the-top, cheap-shots attack on Robert Kennedy’s opposition to mandatory vaccinations. We don’t quarrel with the Post’s right to disagree with Kennedy on the merits of mandatory vaccinations, or to sneer at him and Democratic legislators who side with him, unseemly […]

RFK Jr. to New Jersey: Don’t compel vaccinations

“All of the studies show the primary reason people don’t vaccinate — the primary reason — is mistrust of the regulators,” Robert Kennedy Jr yesterday stated in a news conference in the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton. “The solution to this problem, to the extent that it’s a problem in New Jersey, is to restore […]

Ottawa Citizen channels Jenny McCarthy in cheesy vaccine story

Ottawa Citizen reporter Elizabeth Payne put in a cheesy performance in her role writing “An anti-vaxxer makes her case,” and so did her editors. This article — about how easy it was for an Ottawa mother to obtain an exemption from vaccination for her son — fails to meet journalistic standards on several grounds. The article features a […]

Q: Why is HCG [found in the tetanus vaccine] used for infertility if it allegedly has sterilizing powers?”

A: There is no contradiction. Depending on its use, HCG can enable, or thwart, pregnancy In a Twitter exchange yesterday over the Vatican’s explosive charge that UNICEF and the World Health Organization are sterilizing Kenyan girls and women by lacing the tetanus vaccine with HCG, Genna Buck, Maclean’s Magazine’s health reporter, asked me for references […]

Q: Who exactly is recommending a third MMR dose?

A: Public health authorities near you During a recent Twitter exchange, Andre Picard, the Globe and Mail’s health columnist, asked me “who exactly is recommending a third MMR dose” after I referred to increasing interest in extra shots. One answer: Public Health Agency of Canada. On its website, it now states: “Prevention of infection by […]

Vatican: UNICEF and WHO are sterilizing girls through vaccines

Vatican Radio last week charged that United Nations organizations promoting population control are using vaccines to surreptitiously sterilize women in Third World countries. Kenya’s Ministry of Health, along with the UN organizations — World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF — deny the charges, which carry the full weight of the Vatican. Vatican Radio is the […]

High vaccination rates didn’t spare Quebeckers

In making the case for a national vaccine registry to raise immunizations to as much as 95% — the level deemed necessary to protect the entire community through herd immunity —health reporter Genna Buck unluckily cites the Quebec measles outbreak of 2011 in the current issue of Maclean’s, Canada’s only newsweekly. “During the last Quebec […]

Mocked on HPV vaccine, middle class parents seem to have science on their side

“White girls don’t have sex: The middle class lie on HPV that puts teens at risk.” That was the mocking headline in The New Zealand Herald yesterday, subtitled “Well-off Pakeha parents less likely to get their daughters immunized against HPV.” The headline picked up on a quote by Karen Page, a PhD candidate at Massey […]

New York Times eviscerates Paul Offit

In his review of Paul Offit’s new book, “Bad Faith,” New York Times columnist Mark Oppenheimer slams Offit’s reasoning and scholarship, likening the book to “a fervent attack job [that] is thinly sourced and poorly researched, seeming at times as if he began with a conclusion and then went in search of evidence.” Oppenheimer describes […]

Montreal Gazette’s horrible history

“Canadians have forgotten a time before the vaccines era when childhood diseases resulted in horrific consequences, said Dr. Horacio Arruda, the head of prevention for Quebec’s Health Department.” Dr. Arruda, who made this comment to Charlie Fidelman at the Montreal Gazette, needs to read up on his history. Canadians who remember that time know that those childhood diseases weren’t […]