Paul Offit’s exaggerations in USA Today

Paul Offit is perhaps America’s fiercest advocate for mass vaccinations. In this inaugural edition of VaccineFactCheck, we will examine an article by Offit in yesterday’s USA Today that demonstrates much that is wrong in the vaccine controversy. Too often in their zeal to make their case, advocates rely on factual errors, unsubstantiated claims, exaggerations, distortions […]

Two Canadian universities now investigating vaccine skeptics

The University of Toronto has joined Queen’s University in investigating an instructor whose lectures have expressed skepticism with at least some aspects of vaccination policy. Beth Landau-Halpern, an instructor in Health Policy within the Department of Anthropology, is under scrutiny after the Toronto Globe and Mail published a story that described her as a homeopath who […]

Q. What age group is likeliest to oppose mandatory vaccinations

A.  Millennials, those age 18 to 29 According to the Pew Research Center, the older you are, the more likely you are to favor mandatory vaccination.  Among those 65 years and older, far from child-bearing age, only 20% of US adults believe that “parents should be able to decide not to vaccinate their children or that […]

Charlotte Observer breaks vaccine taboo

The largest circulation paper in the Carolinas, The Charlotte Observer, one of America’s top Pulitzer Prize winning newspapers and part of the McClatchy chain, has recently had four pieces acknowledging problems with vaccines. This paper, moreover,  discussed autism, the subject of an especially strict taboo.