Pediatrician: Vaccines Didn’t Cause My Daughter’s Autism

Late last year, The Texas Observer published an article profiling National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston dean Dr. Peter Hotez. What is unique about Dr. Hotez is not just his background as a medical scientist and pediatrician but also that his, now 25 year old, daughter, Rachel, is autistic.…

Backlash Against Anti-Vaccine Groups Resulting From Measles Outbreaks

Recent measles outbreaks has resulted in a backlash against critics of vaccines. According to The New York Times, not only are states, like Washington, moving forward with measures that would bar parents from using personal or philosophical exemptions to avoid immunizing their school-aged children, social media companies (such as Pinterest and Facebook) are removing pages…

Kids Are Defying Anti-Vaxxer Parents, Getting Immunized

Teenagers are disobeying their parents who are hostile to vaccines and seeking to be immunized. The Washington Post reports of three teenagers who sought information on how to get vaccinated from chat-oriented forums, like Reddit. One such individual is 18-year-old Ethan Lindenberger from Norwalk, Ohio. According to WaPo, upon getting information on Reddit on where…

Report: YouTube, Facebook Algorithms Promote Anti-vaccine Content

On Friday, The Guardian reported that that YouTube and Facebook‘s algorithms are promoting anti-vaccine content on their platforms. A search on Facebook for vaccination reveals that many of the top autofill suggestions are for anti-vaccination, vaccine re-education, or the Vaccine Information Network (VIN). Groups, like the VIN, have thousands of members and spreads false and…

Study: Measles vaccine protects against other illnesses

During February of last year, a study was published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health showing that the measles vaccine has beneficial effects beyond direct prevention of the disease itself. Researchers tested nearly 40,000 children in Ghana, West Africa who were administered the measles vaccine and concluded that the all-cause mortality is dramatically lower…