Disturbing News: Only Two US States Require HPV Vaccination for Kids

The CDC first recommended the widespread use of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in 2007. Eight years later, only Virginia and Rhode Island have mandated that middle and secondary school students get it. Compared to the way other vaccines have been incorporated into state public health efforts, this is… »7/15/15 6:40pm7/15/15 6:40pm

Here's a Fairly Comprehensive List of Anti-Vaccination Celebrities 

The battle over SB 277, California’s bill mandating that children must be fully vaccinated to enroll in schools or daycare, has been tough, emotional, and completely bonkers, creating a new wave of vocal anti-vaccination activists, some of whom are willing to dox, harass and threaten anyone speaking in favor of it. SB… »6/30/15 2:17pm6/30/15 2:17pm

California Passes Bill Banning Personal Exemptions for Vaccination

California vaccination bill SB277 has passed in the State Assembly on a 46 to 30 vote. The bill, inspired in part by the measles outbreak that began last December in Disneyland, mandates ALL schoolchildren be vaccinated, regardless of their parents’ personal or religious beliefs, but still permits medical exemptions. »6/25/15 6:07pm6/25/15 6:07pm

'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 2:35pm2/10/15 2:35pm

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 5:00pm1/31/15 5:00pm

Hey, Get A Load Of This Evil Doctor

The Washington Post has a profile today of Dr. Jack Wolfson, an Arizona cardiologist and holistic medicine, uh, doer or whatever, who's made something of a name for himself by providing a flimsy, fraudulent rime of expertish cover to the reprehensible, morally criminal anti-vaccination crowd in the U.S. It's really… »1/30/15 4:44pm1/30/15 4:44pm

How A French Fashion Helped Beat An 18th-Century Anti-Vaxxer Movement

When the smallpox vaccine was first introduced in the 18th century, not everyone was eager to get inoculated. Many French people were suspicious of the new procedure, which was banned in Paris for five years. But after a celebrated royal inoculation, a new fashion helped advertise vaccination and ease vaccination… »1/21/15 6:40pm1/21/15 6:40pm

This graph of whooping cough cases in Washington State should scare the crap out of you

The United States is in the middle of its worst whooping cough (aka pertussis) outbreak in over half a century, but few states have been hit as hard as Washington. This graph, released just a few days ago by the CDC, compares the state's pertussis cases in 2012 against those documented in 2011 — and the difference is… »7/25/12 1:20pm7/25/12 1:20pm

The lowdown on that heroin vaccine everyone's talking about

A vaccine to curb heroin dependence. It's been the goal of scientists the world over for decades, but to date, not one has been released to the market. But that could soon change. Mexican scientists have developed a heroin vaccine that has proven to be effective in animal trials, and are now preparing to begin testing… »2/24/12 10:55am2/24/12 10:55am

CDC Advisory Committee: All males starting at age 11 should receive the HPV vaccine

In the wake of some of the most unfortunate politicization (and misrepresentation) of science and medicine in recent memory, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee voted yesterday to recommend that boys and young men should be vaccinated against human papilloma virus (HPV). »10/26/11 2:10pm10/26/11 2:10pm