All Posts Tagged With "#vaxfax"

Scientific skepticism about vaccine safety: you’re doing it wrong

Scientific skepticism about vaccine safety: you’re doing it wrong

31 August 2012 by Richelle McCullough

  I don’t know what it is about vaccination that attracts so much vitriol, but in light of the recent pertussis outbreak which has claimed the life of an Albertan infant, I am loath to let anti-vaccine apologetics stand unchallenged. Today’s offering at the altar of McCarthy comes via Canadian pharmaceutical policy researcher, Alan Cassels. […]

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Posted in Health, Skepticism, Vaccines11 Comments

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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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

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

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Canada Speaks: This Week in Skepticism

28 October 2010 by Scott Gavura

It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time for your weekly update of Canadian skeptical media. Skeptically Speaking Last week, Desiree spoke with Dr. David Gorski, surgical oncologist and Managing Editor of Science-Based Medicine, about the science and the suspicion of vaccinations. This is a great interview, and the caller question must be heard to be […]

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Canada Speaks: This Week in Skepticism

Canada Speaks: This Week in Skepticism

21 October 2010 by Scott Gavura

It’s time for a weekly update of Canadian skeptical podcasts: And this week, bonus content! Radio Freethinker Just uploaded (show notes are here), Radio Freethinker starts off with a discussion of the very cool Google Car, which has driven without human intervention for 140,000 miles. There’s coverage of the recent Ontario court ruling striking down […]

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Time for some Skeptic North #vaxfax

20 October 2010 by Scott Gavura

Anti-vaccine advocates have declared November 1-6 to be Vaccine Awareness Week, and intend to use the week to spread unfounded fear about vaccines. Here in Canada, we already had our own Immunization Awareness Week, but Skeptic North will take up the antivax challenge. We will be joining other science advocates to counter-detail the fearmongering and […]

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