Yes, Dangerously Low Vaccination Rates Are Fueling The Measles Outbreak

A new research letter published in JAMA Pediatrics is the first to positively link low vaccination rates to the Disneyland measles outbreak that emerged in California late last year. The new research also shows how frighteningly fast measles can spread in a population that's insufficiently immunized against the highly… » 3/16/15 9:40am 3/16/15 9:40am

The Psychology Behind Anti-Vaccination

Hank Green takes a different tack in confronting and understanding the anti-vaccination movement in a recent episode of SciShow, in which he explores a handful of the many, many cognitive biases and logical fallacies to which anti-vaxxers (and the rest of us) are so readily susceptible. » 2/23/15 3:20pm 2/23/15 3:20pm

'Nothing Short of Attempted Murder': A Brief History of Anti-Vaxxers

There are virtually no photographs of twenty-first century American children covered with measles. The disease, as well as the sight of it, is something we have banished to the past: the stuff of medical archives and undeveloped foreign countries. Consequently, the photos and stock images that illustrate the news… » 2/10/15 2:35pm 2/10/15 2:35pm

Vaccine Advocates: Please Don't Discriminate Against My Autistic Son

Public opinion has turned, sharply and loudly, in favor of supporting vaccines. Yay! It took an outbreak of measles at Disneyland for it to happen. Boo! (Your grandmother might have survived her measles, but for others it can be fatal.) » 2/09/15 1:03pm 2/09/15 1:03pm

The Anti-Vaccine Movement Should Be Ridiculed, Because Shame Works

The best way to win a debate is to present your facts in a clear, respectful way. When that doesn't work, another option is incessant ridicule. Here's why we have to use shame if we want to stop the anti-vaccine movement. » 2/06/15 2:05pm 2/06/15 2:05pm

Read Roald Dahl's Powerful Pro-Vaccination Letter (From 1988)

Roald Dahl – author of such books as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda – lost his eldest daughter, Olivia, to measles in 1962. Twenty-six years later, he penned a cogent and gut-wrenching plea to parents, urging them have their children vaccinated against the disease. » 1/31/15 2:00pm 1/31/15 2:00pm

How Anti-Vaxxers Ruined Disneyland For Themselves (And Everyone Else)

"The Happiest Place On Earth" is ground zero for a recent measles outbreak centered in California. Now, unvaccinated people are being warned to avoid visiting Disneyland parks. » 1/22/15 1:00pm 1/22/15 1:00pm

CDC: Big Whooping Cough Outbreaks Could Become 'The New Normal'

This year, California weathered its biggest pertussis – aka "whooping cough" – epidemic in seventy years (for a whopping dose of perspective, see the graph up top). A new report from the CDC says the outbreak could be a sign of things to come. » 12/05/14 1:08pm 12/05/14 1:08pm

How to Talk About Vaccines With Relatives Who Might Be Anti-Vaxxers?

I just read this post over on Gizmodo and it got me thinking about talking to some of my quasi-anti-vaxxer relatives tomorrow. Do any of you O-Decker's have advice or past experience to share re: how to explain the importance of vaccines to your relatives? » 11/26/14 4:30pm 11/26/14 4:30pm

The Anti-Vaxxers Just Suffered A Major Legal Defeat

Three New York families fought against a policy barring non-immunized children from public schools during a disease outbreak, and lost. This is a major setback for the anti-vaccine cause, and an important precedent for public health. » 6/25/14 1:07pm 6/25/14 1:07pm

Vaccine Refusal Has Helped Drive U.S. Measles Cases To A 20-Year High

It's only May, and already America has seen 288 cases of measles. That's the highest number of reported cases since the disease was officially eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, and the highest number reported in the first five months of a year since 1994. Why the resurgence? Unvaccinated U.S. residents. » 5/30/14 2:00pm 5/30/14 2:00pm

Chili's Will Donate 10% of Customers' Checks to Anti-Vaxxers on April 7

Chili's intends to donate 10% of its customers' checks on April 7th to the National Autism Association, in honor of National Autism Awareness month. The problem? The NAA claims on its website that vaccines can trigger or exacerbate autism in "some, if not many, children." Dammit not this again. » 4/05/14 5:35pm 4/05/14 5:35pm

All of these outbreaks could have been prevented with vaccines

Vaccines are something most of us take for granted, but as these maps compiled by the Council on Foreign Relations show, we're still a long way from ensuring everyone's safe from some of the world's most dreaded — and preventable — diseases. » 1/21/14 7:20am 1/21/14 7:20am

The Moon landings, the Higgs Boson, and vaccinations are all fake

Here's an absolutely lovely bit of ranty, frustrated-scientist humor from The Guardian's Dean Burnett, that doubles as a smart explainer on the difference between true skepticism and scientifically vacant conspiracy theory. (Especially w/r/t media coverage.) » 12/13/12 10:10am 12/13/12 10:10am