Europe turning against vaccines

“Europeans are turning away from vaccines, amid rising distrust of immunization for infectious diseases,” begins an article earlier this year in EurActiv, the journal of record for the European Community, published in over a dozen languages and widely read by journalists as a go-to-source for emerging policy debates in Europe. As evidence for its claim, […]

Childless Americans have no concerns about vaccinating children

87.5% of Americans who have no children don’t “have any concerns regarding vaccinations for children,” according to a Truven Health Analytics-NPR Health poll of 3,004 Americans interviewed earlier in March. The proportion of childless Americans who are unconcerned about vaccinating children increases as they pass childbearing age, to almost 90% for those 35 and older. […]

CTV News deserves kudos in broadcast over a court ruling that a child be vaccinated

CTV News and its reporter Nicole Lampa provided fair and balanced coverage yesterday in a story about a Superior Court judge’s ruling in a dispute between separated parents as to whether their 10-year-old daughter should be vaccinated for measles. In reporting that the judge sided with the father’s desire for vaccination, CTV aired statements from both […]

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

“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 […]

North Carolina becomes 3rd state to reject stricter mandatory vaccination laws

North Carolina joined Oregon and Washington State yesterday in dumping proposed legislation that would have restricted the rights of parents to exempt their children from vaccinations. “The bill is dead,” stated three state senators, two Republicans and one Democrat, who less than two weeks ago confidently introduced the legislation. Their confidence soon faded, however, following […]

New York Post flubs facts in vilifying RFK Jr. on vaccines

The New York Post’s editorial board went personal yesterday in “RFK Jr.’s vaccine villainy,” an over-the-top, cheap-shots attack on Robert Kennedy’s opposition to mandatory vaccinations. We don’t quarrel with the Post’s right to disagree with Kennedy on the merits of mandatory vaccinations, or to sneer at him and Democratic legislators who side with him, unseemly […]

Los Alamos scientists shun vaccinations

To the chagrin of New Mexico’s public health authorities, the rate at which parents are seeking exemptions from vaccinations in Los Alamos is three times the state rate. Los Alamos, home to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, is one of only two places in the U.S. that undertakes classified work in nuclear design. That makes […]

RFK Jr. to New Jersey: Don’t compel vaccinations

“All of the studies show the primary reason people don’t vaccinate — the primary reason — is mistrust of the regulators,” Robert Kennedy Jr yesterday stated in a news conference in the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton. “The solution to this problem, to the extent that it’s a problem in New Jersey, is to restore […]

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 […]