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 […]

Autism: San Francisco Chronicle’s errors of omission

“Kaiser to look for autism’s causes in large-scale study,” read a headline in yesterday’s San Francisco Chronicle. Its subtitle could have read: “And it won’t be vaccines.” Health reporter Victoria Colliver can’t be faulted for any factual errors in this story about what’s believed to be “the largest genetic research project ever conducted by a […]

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 […]

UBC’s student newspaper covers autism-vaccine link, upholds academic freedom

In an article entitled “Autism and Vaccines: UBC Defends the Freedom to Research,” the University of British Columbia’s student newspaper, The UBYSSEY and writer Danni Shanel do something few commercial newspapers and professional journalists do when the subject is vaccines —present the news accurately and fairly. Shanel describes attacks by official bodies such as the […]

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 […]

Q: Why is HCG [found in the tetanus vaccine] used for infertility if it allegedly has sterilizing powers?”

A: There is no contradiction. Depending on its use, HCG can enable, or thwart, pregnancy In a Twitter exchange yesterday over the Vatican’s explosive charge that UNICEF and the World Health Organization are sterilizing Kenyan girls and women by lacing the tetanus vaccine with HCG, Genna Buck, Maclean’s Magazine’s health reporter, asked me for references […]

Vatican: UNICEF and WHO are sterilizing girls through vaccines

Vatican Radio last week charged that United Nations organizations promoting population control are using vaccines to surreptitiously sterilize women in Third World countries. Kenya’s Ministry of Health, along with the UN organizations — World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF — deny the charges, which carry the full weight of the Vatican. Vatican Radio is the […]

Q: Is it true that Oregon makes parents jump through hoops before claiming a religious exemption for vaccines?

A: Yes, parents must meet one of two tests before their religious (or other non-medical) exemption takes effect. As of last March, parents need to demonstrate that they are aware of the medical consequences of their exemption based on non-medical reasons. This can take the form of  documentation from a health care practitioner showing that they have […]

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 […]