Mainstream media vigorously debates vaccine safety — in France

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In the US, Canada and the rest of the English-speaking world, questioning vaccine safety is a taboo subject, one the mainstream press fears to touch, let alone to debate. Not so in France, which enshrined the right to freedom of thought in its Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen in 1789 […]

National Post misleads on economics of HPV vaccine for boys

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“Vaccinate the boys, too: Preventing HPV in males would save lives — and money,” read the headline in an editorial last week in the National Post. The basis for the Post’s assurances that vaccinating boys would save the Canadian health system money? A study published this month in the journal Cancer that itself offers no […]

Globe and Mail unquestioningly touts HPV vaccine for boys

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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 […]

Mocked on HPV vaccine, middle class parents seem to have science on their side

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“White girls don’t have sex: The middle class lie on HPV that puts teens at risk.” That was the mocking headline in The New Zealand Herald yesterday, subtitled “Well-off Pakeha parents less likely to get their daughters immunized against HPV.” The headline picked up on a quote by Karen Page, a PhD candidate at Massey […]

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 […]