USA Today wrong on mercury, wrong on scientific consensus on vaccines

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“According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the mercury-containing chemical has been removed from routine childhood vaccines since 2001,” writes Ty Chandler in a USA Today story entitled “Calif. lawmakers advance controversial vaccine bill.” Chandler didn’t do her homework, and USA Today didn’t do its fact checking. 2001 didn’t mark the removal of […]

Offit made erroneous HPV claims, too

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In yesterday’s post on Dr. Paul Offit’s article in USA Today, Voices: Our children are at risk and here’s why, we saw how he overstated the number of measles deaths that existed in the pre-vaccine era by almost 100% and made a scientifically unsubstantiated claim about the efficacy of the vaccine. Offit’s unsubstantiations didn’t end […]

Welcome to the Launch of VaccineFactCheck!

If you’ve been wondering about the accuracy of the commentary on vaccines in the media,  this site is for you.  The media has lost its objectivity on the vaccine issue, failing to provide balanced coverage by shutting out views that dissent from those of the government’s public health authorities.  With critics — skeptical scientists, physicians, […]

Paul Offit’s exaggerations in USA Today

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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 […]