Disneyland’s measles outbreak killed more than 100

Or so said PBS’s Gwen Ifill yesterday, in its flagship PBS Newshour show. “State lawmakers in California moved today to impose one of the nation’s strictest vaccination laws,” she reported. “The state assembly voted to require that nearly all public schoolchildren get their shots, or be homeschooled. The bill gained momentum after a measles outbreak […]

Whoops! Whooping cough vaccine doesn’t work

“Whooping Cough Vaccine’s Protection Fades Quickly,” reports Lisa Aliferis, State of Health Editor at KQED in Northern California, one of America’s most watched prime time public television stations. Aliferis yesterday reported on a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics that confirmed what many had suspected — the vaccine for whooping cough is a failure: […]

Denmark’s coverup surrounding Merck’s HPV vaccine

“It looks like a smokescreen. The Health Authority pretends to be open and public. It says: ‘We give access to our correspondence.’ And then it withholds the most important documents. The Health Authority has disregarded the law.” That assessment, made by Danish media lawyer Oluf Jorgensen, appears in “The Inoculated Girls,” a documentary aired on Denmark’s […]

National Post misleads on economics of HPV vaccine for boys

“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 […]

Vaccines: Stenographer disease hits journalists at Wall Street Journal, CNN

Jeanne Whalen knows how to get to the bottom of a story — until recently she honed her skills getting the scoop on CEOs and politicians alike at The Wall Street Journal’s London and Moscow Bureaus. But now that she’s the Journal’s Deputy Bureau Chief for Health and Science, she sometimes more resembles a stenographer, as […]

Nova Scotia shelves vaccine registry, Halifax Chronicle-Herald scores kudos

“Vaccination registry on N.S. back burner,” an article on Nova Scotia’s decision to once again shelve a system to keep electronic track of its citizens’ vaccine records, gets kudos for balanced reporting. Laura Fraser, staff reporter at the Halifax Chronicle-Herald, Atlantic Canada’s largest paper, interviewed those for and against the decision, providing their different perspectives […]