Facebook Is A Haven For Anti-Vaccine Movement

No matter what Mark Zuckerberg or the folks at Facebook do, unfortunately, there is little that can be done to stop the spread of misinformation. The Washington Post reports citing a study done by sociologists in Australia, that the anti-vaccine movement has been able to cluster in Facebook groups but seems to have become a…

Anti-vaccine activists continue to use unique methods to spread misinformation

Taking from what anti-vaccine activists have done in Australia, other anti-vaccine campaign cells are also spreading misinformation mainly by circulating literature. Shoppers at a Babies R Us in Lynnwood, Washington (a suburb of Seattle) discovered anti-vaccination information hidden in items they purchased recently. Last week, anti-vaccine activists in Australia have circulated pamphlets attempting to raise…

Japanese doctor praised for countering anti-vaccine misinformation

Japanese doctor Riko Muranaka was awarded the 2017 John Maddox prize for countering anti-vaccine misinformation about the HPV vaccine. During 2013 the Japanese government suspended HPV immunizations resulting from misinformation from anti-vaccine groups. Dr. Muranaka is being sued by Dr. Suichi Ikeda who was commissioned by the Japanese government to investigate the effects of the…

Aussie mother finds anti-vaccine propaganda in baby formula

Last Tuesday, the Daily Telegraph of Australia reports that Amanda Wilkinson, a mother of four children, bought baby formula while shopping at a Woolworths Westfield’s Whitfords City in Perth. After she got home, she discovered a card claiming that vaccines cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (aka SIDS) on it after she lifted the lid on…

“Anti-vaxxers” targeted Halloween trick-or-treaters

Some families at Texas’ Fort Hood Army base got some extra scare for Halloween this year. KCEN reports a soldier’s wife named Sarah Rogers posted on Facebook that two men were passing out anti-vaccine information to trick-or-treating kids and their parents in the base’s Pershing Park Family Housing complex. The men passed out, according to…

MI judge in vaccine cases issued death threats

Anti-vaccine activists have made death threats as part of an effort to harass Oakland County, Michigan Judge Karen McDonald who oversaw two parental dispute cases involving vaccination. In both cases, the Detroit Free Press states, McDonald ordered the incarceration of mothers who did not to vaccinate their children as part of child custody disputes. One…

Interactive map shows damage done by “anti-vaxxers” worldwide

A five-year study published earlier this month in the journal Social Science and Medicine states that Twitter is flourishing with anti-vaccine sentiment. However, what is interesting is that geography, not politics, that makes a difference. FiercePharma points out researchers found tweets from users in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania posted the highest number…