Three misses at the Toronto Star

Canada’s largest circulation newspaper, the Toronto Star, let its readers down yesterday, three times off the mark in describing vaccine issues. All three let-downs appeared in a story covering recommendations by the C.D. Howe, an economic think tank, that Ontario should establish a vaccine registry. The first miss in “Ontario failing to meet national vaccination targets,” […]

Parents beat back vaccine exemption bans in Oregon and Washington State

“Legislative efforts to increase pressure on parents to get their kids vaccinated failed in Oregon and Washington state Wednesday amid stiff opposition as a handful of other statehouses consider similar bills prompted by a measles outbreak at Disneyland.” So starts an Associated Press story, Bills Banning Most Vaccine Exemptions Fail in Northwest, appearing on the ABC News […]

Maine’s top news source misleads the state on “dangerous” measles

“I’ve taken care of people — even children who have died — with measles,” Dora Mills, vice-president for clinical affairs at University of New England and former director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told the Bangor Daily News, Maine’s leading news source. “I don’t know of anyone who has seen measles […]

UBC doubles down on academic freedom, avoids firestorm

Unlike other leading Canadian universities, the University of British Columbia adopted a novel stance last week when the national press castigated it and one of its professors, Dr. Christopher Shaw, for conducting research into a possible link between vaccines and autism — it unambiguously backed both Shaw and the principle of academic freedom. Almost immediately, […]

Confidence in vaccines eroding as Americans learn of disadvantages, Gallup finds

Americans’ confidence in the value of vaccination has fallen since 2001, according to a Gallup study released last week. The study, undertaken to gauge public opinion following weeks of heightened public controversy over the measles outbreak at Disneyworld, found that only 54% of the public now considers it “extremely important” for parents to get their children […]

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 […]