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…

“Facts don’t matter” is factually wrong

Citing an article at Slate by Daniel Engber, Reason magazine science correspondent Ronald Bailey has some good news. As it turns out, when it comes down to it, people (including scientists) willing to accept facts if their conclusions are wrong. In other words, facts do matter to people after all. It was originally suggested that…

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…

Environmentalist new-age medicine killed Ezekiel Stephan

Despite warnings from his attorneys not to do so, David Stephan decided to lash out at the Canadian justice system on his Facebook page for being convicted for treating his meningitis-inflicted 19-month old son, Ezekiel, with a maple syrup elixir and a host of other pseudo-medicinal remedies. Stephan also has expressed anti-vaccine sentiments. This came…

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…