Wired looks at anti-vax nonsense

People say that clinical trials have not been perforemd with H1N1 vaccine, so we can’t be sure it is safe. Clinical trials have been performed on the H1N1 vaccine. People say that the inhaled version of the vaccine give you the flu. The inhaled version does not give you the flu. Yes, it is a “live” virus … but only barely. Don’t listen to people. People are not as smart as they think they are.

Anyway, wired magazine is running a major story on this. I’ve not read the story, but I just saw the author interviewed on msnbc.com and it looks interesting.


  1. #1 NewEnglandBob
    October 21, 2009

    “people say…”

    …is a euphemism for…

    “I don’t like this so what I will say next is a guaranteed lie”.

  2. #2 AnonymousCoward
    October 21, 2009

    Actor Jim Carrey calls him a profiteer and distills the doctor’s attitude toward childhood vaccination down to this chilling mantra: “Grab ‘em and stab ‘em.” Recently, Carrey and his girlfriend, Jenny McCarthy, went on CNN’s Larry King Live and singled out Offit’s vaccine, RotaTeq, as one of many unnecessary vaccines, all administered, they said, for just one reason: “Greed.”

    Abominable cretins.

  3. #3 Orac
    October 21, 2009

    Don’t you think you should actually–oh, you know–maybe link to the article?

  4. #4 katydid13
    October 21, 2009

    I think it’s just plain weird that vaccine’s success is almost its own enemy. Besides that fact that my parents are rational people who believe in science, they had me vaccinated because they remember kids in iron lungs and being stuck inside because of fear of polio. Gen X parents have pretty much never seen anyone get sick from diseases vaccines prevent. Chicken pox is the only one familar to us, it’s probably not the most dramic example of why vaccines are good. Most of us who had chicken pox just itched and got to watch extra tv.

  5. #5 Greg Laden
    October 21, 2009

    Orac, as far as I could tell at the time, the on line link was not functioning. Thus I simply included a link to a page that would eventually lead to it. I have since added the more specific link. This appears to be it:


    Thanks for asking so politely, though.

  6. #6 Spanish Inquisitor
    October 21, 2009

    I don’t think WIRED has links to the current issue. You usually have to wait till it’s been on the stands awhile. Every time I’ve read something in the current issue, and want to share it, I realize I have to scan and email it if I need to do it right away. I guess they worry about newsstand sales being diluted.

    Anyway, I read most of the article last night. Hopefully I’ll finish it tonight. It was pretty good so far. The interesting point is that it’s not a religious based crapola. There tends to be some highly educated people that are anti-vax, and they aren’t motivated by supernatural belief systems. It’s an interesting subset of the pseudo-science mindset.

  7. #7 Greg Laden
    October 21, 2009

    Oh, and Orac, are you going to write about the recent article in The Atlantic????? Please?

  8. #8 Spanish Inquisitor
    October 21, 2009

    Ha! I stand corrected. Damn you. 😉

  9. #9 Elizabeth
    October 21, 2009

    OK, everybody, settle down. Sometimes Wired articles are visible right away, sometimes not. We just need to stay calm.