Confidence in vaccines eroding as Americans learn of disadvantages, Gallup finds

Americans’ confidence in the value of vaccination has fallen since 2001, according to a Gallup study released last week. The study, undertaken to gauge public opinion following weeks of heightened public controversy over the measles outbreak at Disneyworld, found that only 54% of the public now considers it “extremely important” for parents to get their children […]

Offit made erroneous HPV claims, too

In yesterday’s post on Dr. Paul Offit’s article in USA Today, Voices: Our children are at risk and here’s why, we saw how he overstated the number of measles deaths that existed in the pre-vaccine era by almost 100% and made a scientifically unsubstantiated claim about the efficacy of the vaccine. Offit’s unsubstantiations didn’t end […]

Welcome to the Launch of VaccineFactCheck!

If you’ve been wondering about the accuracy of the commentary on vaccines in the media,  this site is for you.  The media has lost its objectivity on the vaccine issue, failing to provide balanced coverage by shutting out views that dissent from those of the government’s public health authorities.  With critics — skeptical scientists, physicians, […]

Paul Offit’s exaggerations in USA Today

Paul Offit is perhaps America’s fiercest advocate for mass vaccinations. In this inaugural edition of VaccineFactCheck, we will examine an article by Offit in yesterday’s USA Today that demonstrates much that is wrong in the vaccine controversy. Too often in their zeal to make their case, advocates rely on factual errors, unsubstantiated claims, exaggerations, distortions […]

Charlotte Observer breaks vaccine taboo

The largest circulation paper in the Carolinas, The Charlotte Observer, one of America’s top Pulitzer Prize winning newspapers and part of the McClatchy chain, has recently had four pieces acknowledging problems with vaccines. This paper, moreover,  discussed autism, the subject of an especially strict taboo. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/health-family/article11572487.html