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 […]

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 […]

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. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/health-family/article11572487.html