Vaccines: Stenographer disease hits journalists at Wall Street Journal, CNN

Jeanne Whalen knows how to get to the bottom of a story — until recently she honed her skills getting the scoop on CEOs and politicians alike at The Wall Street Journal’s London and Moscow Bureaus. But now that she’s the Journal’s Deputy Bureau Chief for Health and Science, she sometimes more resembles a stenographer, as […]

Q: How much does it cost to fully vaccinate a child?

A: In 2013, the minimum cost of fully vaccinating a child in the U.S. was $1,723. This compares to $370 in 2000, and just $70 in 1990. The increase stems partly from increased costs associated with individual vaccines and mostly from the many new vaccines now being universally recommended. These are minimum costs because some […]

Washington Post’s fractured measles history

“The incredible power of the measles vaccine, in 3 graphics,” a blog by Washington Post’s Ana Swanson, would more accurately be titled “How to mislead readers about measles, in 3 graphics.” Look at Swanson’s first graphic, “Measles incidence over time,” showing a steady incidence of measles prior to the early 1960s, followed by a precipitous […]

Nova Scotia shelves vaccine registry, Halifax Chronicle-Herald scores kudos

“Vaccination registry on N.S. back burner,” an article on Nova Scotia’s decision to once again shelve a system to keep electronic track of its citizens’ vaccine records, gets kudos for balanced reporting. Laura Fraser, staff reporter at the Halifax Chronicle-Herald, Atlantic Canada’s largest paper, interviewed those for and against the decision, providing their different perspectives […]

Measles vaccine kills six, Pakistan’s press reports

“Measles vaccine kills 3 more kids,” reports The Nation, a leading Pakistani daily, bringing the number of deaths to six since an anti-measles vaccination campaign began April 13 in Balochistan province. Other children are in critical condition. Parents report that the children, who had been healthy, fell ill shortly after receiving the vaccine. The deaths, […]

Discover Magazine needs to rediscover facts on vaccines

When Discover Magazine was launched by Time in 1980, graced by columnists such as Stephen Jay Gould, it was a marvel to behold. That era of excellence in its illumination of science is no more. Over the years Discover was sold and resold several times, dumbed down, and now it runs pieces by blogger Keith Kloor such […]

Vaccines: Blind faith at the Washington Post on Paul Offit’s Bad Faith

After the New York Times eviscerated Paul Offit’s new book, Bad Faith: How Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine, the world of journalism was on notice that something was seriously amiss with Offit’s faith-based case for vaccination — at the very least that his word could not be taken as Gospel. “Offit’s book is more a […]

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 […]

CTV News deserves kudos in broadcast over a court ruling that a child be vaccinated

CTV News and its reporter Nicole Lampa provided fair and balanced coverage yesterday in a story about a Superior Court judge’s ruling in a dispute between separated parents as to whether their 10-year-old daughter should be vaccinated for measles. In reporting that the judge sided with the father’s desire for vaccination, CTV aired statements from both […]