Vaccination

Mike the Mad Biologist

Category archives for Vaccination

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/04/cost-vaccine-refusal/ Before I get to the cost of a measles outbreak, I think Seth Mnookin sets the appropriate frame of reference: I don’t know anyone in the world who likes needles or likes watching needles pierce their child’s skin. However, the fact that something is scary does not convey a license to blithely deny reality…

In looking through the comments of Chris Mooney’s recent post on vaccination denialism, I found this comment, which inevitably shows up in one form or another (italics mine; errors original): i grew up in the 1960s when less than a half dozen vaccines were required for infant protection spread out over the first few years…

When I read this otherwise excellent article by Chris Mooney about why scientific evidence often doesn’t persuade people*, I had the exact same reaction Kevin Drum did: But be prepared to be annoyed when Chris wrenches his spine out of shape bending over backward to find an example of liberals denying science as much as…

I’ve always thought that if Bill Gates really wanted to make his mark, he should build sewer systems in the developing world (and provide endowments to maintain them). Because I’m getting tired of reading excellent articles like this: The recent outbreaks of cholera in Haiti, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe suggest that our current global action plans…

Anti-Vaxxers and the Lizard Brain

Dave Noon makes a very cogent observation about resistance to vaccination: Advocates will have to explain why, if the risks are so minimal, the packaging inserts for commercially available vaccines all warn of horrifying potential complications (with no reference to their statistical unlikelihood); or they’ll have to explain why the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System…

Maryn McKenna makes a critical, yet neglected point about the recent whooping cough (pertussis) outbreaks that have been hitting California–one that emphasizes that vaccination not only protects the vaccinated, but everyone else: Between a day job as Scary Disease Girl and a childhood spent moving between continents, I am pretty much the most vaccinated person…

Back when I owned a car*, car insurance payments were always depressing. In the best case scenario, I’m paying money for no purpose; in the worst case, I’ve been in a collision. Public health is a lot like car insurance, in that it’s really important when something bad happens, but when something bad doesn’t happen–either…

I’ve argued many times on this blog that an influenza vaccination policy, as opposed to the non-policy we currently have, would focus on vaccinating the people who are likely to spread the disease. Or as Yogi Berra might have put it, you can’t get the flu from someone who doesn’t have it. So who are…

Putting Wakefield in a Larger Context

Over at DailyKos, there’s a very good post about anti-vaxxer idiocy (I believe in rewarding non-science blogs with links when they take this stuff head-on). The author’s motivation illustrates just how murderous this lunacy is: Part of what infuriates me about this issue is that I’m aware of a case where a child was infected…

…when the misogynist internet comments start? Anyway, you should go read the article.