All Posts in Category "Vaccines"

Antivax 101: Tactics and Tropes of the Antivaccine Movement

Antivax 101: Tactics and Tropes of the Antivaccine Movement

10 April 2012 by Scott Gavura

This is the first of a series of posts adapting a presentation made at The Ontario Public Health Convention in April, 2011. The presentation, “Fighting in the Trenches: Countering Anti-Vaccine Sentiment with Social Media” was a panel discussion from Skeptic North contributors Scott Gavura and Kimberly Hébert: One of the best parts of the infectious […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Health, Skepticism, Vaccines8 Comments

The opposite of stumped: 9 unanswerable anti-vax questions answered

The opposite of stumped: 9 unanswerable anti-vax questions answered

11 February 2012 by Richelle McCullough

9 Questions That Stump Every Pro-Vaccine Advocate and Their Claims found its way onto the Facebook page for the Winnipeg Skeptics when a member’s friend posted it, along with the qualification “if you can give me a good, scientifically-backed answer to each of these questions, I will vaccinate my children.” Oh, if it only were all […]

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Posted in Vaccines20 Comments

Acupuncturist claims cervical cancer is for prostitutes

Acupuncturist claims cervical cancer is for prostitutes

27 January 2012 by Richelle McCullough

While doing some digging into the quackery of a local acupuncturist, I came across a sentiment that I found more than usually appalling. In her story of why she became an acupuncturist, she tells a melodramatic tale about a positive Pap smear test result that changed her life*. There’s all the usual makings of an […]

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Posted in Alberta, Alternative Medicine, Health, Medicine, Skepticism, Vaccines21 Comments

Crashing the Pox Party

Crashing the Pox Party

30 November 2011 by Richelle McCullough

Source There has been much abuzz about “pox parties” – the practice of parents getting a bunch of unvaccinated kids together with an infected one (pick one, really, though chicken pox is the focus of the recent article in Time) in the hope that their little sweethearts become ill and therefore “naturally” immune to the […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Skepticism, Vaccines81 Comments

Coughs, colds, and the “appealing but mistaken concept of boosting the immune system”

Coughs, colds, and the “appealing but mistaken concept of boosting the immune system”

24 January 2011 by Erik Davis

I came down with a nasty cold before the holidays – so bad that I briefly thought I had the flu, and was cursing myself for having waited so long to get the flu shot, which I’d received just before the symptoms began. Amidst all the sniffling and groaning and self-pitying, it occurred to me […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Diet and Nutrition, Health, Medical Conditions, Medicinal Advertising, Skepticism, Vaccines27 Comments

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After Wakefield: Undoing a decade of damaging debate

13 January 2011 by Scott Gavura

This article was written by Scott Gavura, Pharmacist, and Kim Hebert, Occupational Therapist. Immunization has transformed our lives. This single invention has prevented more Canadian deaths in the past 50 years than any other health intervention. Our parents and grandparents accepted illness and death from diseases like smallpox, diptheria, and polio as a fact of […]

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Posted in Skepticism, Vaccines5 Comments

Seasonal Science Advocacy With Gifts that Save Lives

Seasonal Science Advocacy With Gifts that Save Lives

02 December 2010 by Scott Gavura

The holidays are upon us, and it’s traditionally the time of year when celebrate our good fortune, and pause to give thanks. Exchanging gifts is a big part of of the holidays, and it can sometimes be challenging to find something meaningful, that the recipient will appreciate. Chocolates, toys, and gifts sometime become our “go-to” […]

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Posted in Health, Vaccines1 Comment

Vaccination: The Anatomy of Fear (incl. Soundtrack)

Vaccination: The Anatomy of Fear (incl. Soundtrack)

04 November 2010 by Erik Davis

My colleagues, and others around the web, have been doing an admirable job combating the nonsense that Joe Mercola and Barbara Loe Fisher are peddling as part of their so-called Vaccine Awareness Week (VAW).  It’s especially gratifying to see, considering the size of their organization and audience, that a rag-tag, loose association of bloggers can […]

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Posted in Cognition, Critical Thinking, Health, Media, Skepticism, Vaccines2 Comments

Canadian Flu Update 2010

Canadian Flu Update 2010

02 November 2010 by Scott Gavura

We’re entering flu (influenza) season in North American and the annual vaccination campaigns have started. Here in Canada we’re fortunate to have a health system that covers the cost of immunizations for residents. In Ontario, where I’m located, the province funds a universal immunization program: everyone is eligible for a free flu shot. Here’s some […]

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Posted in Canada, Health, Health Policy, Ontario, Vaccines4 Comments

The Faces of Vaccine (Un)awareness Week

The Faces of Vaccine (Un)awareness Week

02 November 2010 by Kim Hebert

This week has been declared Vaccine Awareness Week. You might think this involves advice on where to get flu vaccines, boosters, and other scheduled shots. Perhaps with some discussion about safety, pros and cons, and why vaccination is important. But you would be wrong. This week is dedicated to showing the public how very dangerous […]

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Posted in Health, Skepticism, Vaccines2 Comments