'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 12:30pm 2/10/15 12:30pm

This Is What It's Like To Be An Unvaccinated Child

Vaccines save lives and prevent untold amounts of suffering. It's that simple. And yet, still, many parents refuse to vaccinate their children. But what's it like to be a child who isn't vaccinated? Today, some people who missed out on childhood vaccinations tell us exactly. » 2/02/15 4:20pm 2/02/15 4:20pm

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

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 3:45pm 1/30/15 3:45pm

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 3:40pm 1/21/15 3:40pm

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

HPV vaccines are saving countless lives – but we could do so much more

Newly published findings reveal that, since its introduction in 2006, the HPV vaccine has reduced HPV infection rates by a massive 56% among female teenagers 14-19 years of age. Is this impressive? Enormously. Is it enough? Not even close. » 6/24/13 12:40pm 6/24/13 12:40pm

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

This graph of whooping cough cases in Washington State should scare the…

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 10:20am 7/25/12 10:20am

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 7:55am 2/24/12 7:55am

Malaria deaths are down over 25% in the last ten years — but don't get…

In their World Malaria Report 2011, the World Health Organization reports that the number of malaria victims in 2010 numbered just over 650,000 — that's down from around a million at the turn of the Millennium. » 12/27/11 6:30am 12/27/11 6:30am

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

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 11:10am 10/26/11 11:10am

The last three months have seen a measles outbreak in Europe

Between January and March of this year, more cases of measles in France have been reported than were reported in that country in all of 2010. Scientists say dipping immunization rates may be the cause. » 4/22/11 8:30am 4/22/11 8:30am

Will all babies get tested for autism in the womb?

British researchers have identified up to 300 genes that cause autism, and they hope to have mapped all the genes responsible for the condition within two years. And they believe that eventually, all newborn children could be tested for autism. » 6/09/10 12:25pm 6/09/10 12:25pm