Vaccines

Category archives for Vaccines

Some of you might remember the waves made earlier this year about ‘The Immunity Project’. They were crowdsourcing an HIV vaccine that was magical and amazing and they were totally going to give it away for free!! YAY! … Except ‘The Immunity Project’ basically had nothing to back their claims up. No publications, the investigators had…

The MMR vaccine does not cause autism. The guy who initially made that claim made it all up, and literally no one since has found any evidence to support that claim. We have known this for quite a while now, and yet, the anti-MMR fad is still going, and parents arent vaccinating their kids. And its…

Spoiler to apologize for click-bait title: Yes, the MMR vaccine works just fine. But there is a difference between ‘just fine’ and ‘perfectly’. A few things I would want in a ‘perfect’ vaccine– Only one dose is needed, zero side-effects, 100% protective antibody or CTL mediated immunity for life, inability of the target pathogen to…

Monty Harper: “Vaccination”

Only a couple days left to get Monty Harpers next science-songs-for-kids album funded! In case I have not made this clear in the past, I really appreciate Montys approach to exposing kids to science. He does not dumb things down. He demands that the scientists he works with do *not* dumb down their science ‘for…

HPV vaccine works. NO WAY!!!!

The HPV vaccine works! Genital warts in young Australians five years into national human papillomavirus vaccination programme: national surveillance data. In Australia, they started vaccinating girls/women against HPV in 2007. In 2007, 11.5% of women under 21 (age-range most likely to get the vaccine before they were sexually active) were diagnosed with genital warts. 0.85%…

Indulging Idiots: TOO MANY TOO SOON!!!!!

Step 1– Wooer makes some ridiculous claim about vaccines. This claim has no science supporting it, but it gets *worse*. There is actually not even a theoretical scientific framework where the claim could work.  Claim is antiscience right out the gates. Step 2– Repeat wooer claim ad nauseum online. Step 3– Scientists actually go to…

*throwsapaperdown* Reasons for Not Vaccinating Adolescents: National Immunization Survey of Teens, 2008-2010 Our findings across 3 years show that, even as clinicians are increasingly recommending HPV, increasing numbers of parents, >40% in 2010, do not intend to vaccinate their adolescent female children with this vaccine. Parents intending to refuse are increasingly concerned about vaccine safety…

The Thinking Atheist and ERV!

A few weeks ago, The Thinking Atheist was in town– He gave us a sweet preview of the new video hes planning on officially unveiling at the American Atheists convention and  signing copies of his new book “Deconverted“. Beforehand, he set up some camera equipment and did quick impromptu interviews with fellow OK Skeptics Caleb…

This idea… this idea might be absolute genius… Immunogenicity of bivalent human papillomavirus DNA vaccine using human endogenous retrovirus envelope-coated baculoviral vectors in mice and pigs. The ‘best’ vaccines are live attenuated vaccines.  Weakened/Misadapted viruses that can replicate a little bit, and get your immune system to generate a B-cell response (what you get with…

Here is a nice open access review article on ERVs and their association with cancer: Human endogenous retroviruses and cancer prevention: evidence and prospects While thats wonderfully interesting, what I want to focus on is a bit at the end. More information I have never heard before– An amino acid sequence similar to HERV-K-MEL, recognized…