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: […]

Ottawa Citizen channels Jenny McCarthy in cheesy vaccine story

Ottawa Citizen reporter Elizabeth Payne put in a cheesy performance in her role writing “An anti-vaxxer makes her case,” and so did her editors. This article — about how easy it was for an Ottawa mother to obtain an exemption from vaccination for her son — fails to meet journalistic standards on several grounds. The article features a […]

High vaccination rates didn’t spare Quebeckers

In making the case for a national vaccine registry to raise immunizations to as much as 95% — the level deemed necessary to protect the entire community through herd immunity —health reporter Genna Buck unluckily cites the Quebec measles outbreak of 2011 in the current issue of Maclean’s, Canada’s only newsweekly. “During the last Quebec […]

Montreal Gazette’s horrible history

“Canadians have forgotten a time before the vaccines era when childhood diseases resulted in horrific consequences, said Dr. Horacio Arruda, the head of prevention for Quebec’s Health Department.” Dr. Arruda, who made this comment to Charlie Fidelman at the Montreal Gazette, needs to read up on his history. Canadians who remember that time know that those childhood diseases weren’t […]