Sell vaccines like Coca-Cola: World Health Organization

To overcome worldwide resistance to vaccines, the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) enlisted the marketing advice of the International Food and Beverage Alliance, whose 11 members comprise the world’s most successful marketers, among them The Coca Cola Company, Pepsico and McDonalds. WHO liked what it heard and, in a major report released last fall, decided […]

Globe and Mail unquestioningly touts HPV vaccine for boys

The Globe and Mail’s health news reporter, Kelly Grant, referred to lots of experts in “Nova Scotia to include boys in HPV vaccination schedule,” her April 10 story on the merits of vaccinating boys as well as girls against the human papillomavirus. Grant referred to “oncologists and major health organizations – including the Canadian Cancer […]

USA Today wrong on mercury, wrong on scientific consensus on vaccines

“According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the mercury-containing chemical has been removed from routine childhood vaccines since 2001,” writes Ty Chandler in a USA Today story entitled “Calif. lawmakers advance controversial vaccine bill.” Chandler didn’t do her homework, and USA Today didn’t do its fact checking. 2001 didn’t mark the removal of […]

Australian media hypes child flu risks, hides flu vaccine risks

“My little girl nearly died from the flu: Jab recommended for kids,” read the headline yesterday in a harrowing story about three-year-old Rosie Baxter, who came down with the flu in 2013. The article by Kate Calacoura of news.com.au, Australia’s leading news site, was all melodrama, stressing how deadly the flu can be, reminding readers […]

Q: Are vaccines available or being developed for MRSA? Those infections hurt and kill vastly more people than the measles.

A: No vaccine for MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) yet exists for this bacterium, once thought to spread only among hospital inpatients, but several pharmaceutical companies have launched research programs. One promising development comes from Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, which discovered that the NDV-3 vaccine can reduce this super bug’s severity […]

Flu vaccines: Swallowing hype down under

Travel and lifestyle writer Leah McLennan of the Australian Associated Press was out of her depth in What’s new in 2015 flu vaccine?, a feature that ran on Australia’s leading news site, news.com.au. She should have known better than to accept at face value information offered by official parties in the vaccine debate. McLennan wrote: […]

Autism: San Francisco Chronicle’s errors of omission

“Kaiser to look for autism’s causes in large-scale study,” read a headline in yesterday’s San Francisco Chronicle. Its subtitle could have read: “And it won’t be vaccines.” Health reporter Victoria Colliver can’t be faulted for any factual errors in this story about what’s believed to be “the largest genetic research project ever conducted by a […]

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 […]

UBC’s student newspaper covers autism-vaccine link, upholds academic freedom

In an article entitled “Autism and Vaccines: UBC Defends the Freedom to Research,” the University of British Columbia’s student newspaper, The UBYSSEY and writer Danni Shanel do something few commercial newspapers and professional journalists do when the subject is vaccines —present the news accurately and fairly. Shanel describes attacks by official bodies such as the […]

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 […]