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 […]

UBC doubles down on academic freedom, avoids firestorm

Unlike other leading Canadian universities, the University of British Columbia adopted a novel stance last week when the national press castigated it and one of its professors, Dr. Christopher Shaw, for conducting research into a possible link between vaccines and autism — it unambiguously backed both Shaw and the principle of academic freedom. Almost immediately, […]

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, […]