Vaccine Awareness Week

By Darcy Cowan 27/10/2010 6

Thanks to the incomparable Orac over at Respectful Insolence we here at Sciblogs have been made aware of an effort by Anti-Vax proponents to have their own consciousness raising week. The haven of anti science that is is promoting November 1st-6th as “Vaccine Awareness Week”.

Like the “World Homeopathy Awareness Week” earlier this year I think this is a great idea, we can use the opportunity to raise awareness of anti-vax misinformation. Like Homeopaths Anti-vaxxers are generally less than forthcoming about the cherry-picking and distortions that underpin the “information” they spout. To be fair, I have no doubt that most are sincere and want nothing more than to help people. I would venture that most don’t really realise that they are perpetuating myths (like vaccines containing anti-freeze, they don’t).

Still, you know what they say about good intentions – they give you excitations, or it that vibrations I forget. Anyway, I’m working on a couple of posts to publish during this time, those of a similar mindset may wish to do the same. I intend to give the week a NZ flavour but I’m aware there are readers of Mercola in our midst so I might throw in a bit of that stuff too if I have time. The more the merrier. It’s at this point I wish I had a flock of monkeybirds at my disposal, fly my pretties and spread the word.

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Filed under: Alternative medicine, Medicine, Psychological, Sciblogs, skepticism Tagged: Anti-Vax, Childhood Vaccinations, Clinical trial, health, Health and Medicine, Influenza vaccine,, Vaccination, Vaccine controversy

6 Responses to “Vaccine Awareness Week”

  • I have so many half-written posts on other topics, I’m not sure I’ll be able to contribute. In case I can’t, this post from last year reports on one of the many papers finding no links between vaccines, thimerosal and autism. One of the reasons I liked this study was rather than only confirm ‘it’s not the vaccines’, it shows where mercury (in it’s different forms) is likely to come from (considering household, medical and dietary sources).

    (I’ve also reported on Wakesfield’s demise over the year, but that’s old news now.)

  • Given New Zealand’s near worship of rugby, it would be a real coup to have an All Black take a vaccination shot on tv for all to see. Anyone know any All Blacks whose arm they could twist?

  • Grant,
    Know what you mean. I have almost as many draft posts as published ones.

    Michael, not a bad idea. Celebrity endorsements make me cringe but they do seem to work. Perhaps it’s worth suggesting to the vaccination team. Something to think about anyway.

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