Tagged: anti-vaccine

Get Your Up-To-Date Vaccine News - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Oct 19, 2011

Thanks to my recent single-minded posting I’ve stumbled across this resource that pulls together news and blog posts on vaccines and anti-vaccine topics. It uses a cool functionality of Scoop.it to collect posts which are then “curated” by a real person (hate those obviously fully automated ones that often ping my posts). Vaxfax monitor is [...] … Read More

Defending The Term ’Anti-Vaccine’ - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Oct 17, 2011

I have spent some time recently labelling the IAS as anti-vaccine. They themselves categorically state that they are not anti-vaccine. Who am I to say that I’m right and they are wrong? Well, nobody really. I can’t read their minds, although if I could would that change anything? All anyone can do is examine their [...] … Read More

IAS Complaint Part 4: Anti-Vaccine Impact in New zealand - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Oct 14, 2011

Finally in the series of extracts from my IAS Charity complaint, I give a brief look at the impact of anti-vaccine information in New Zealand. I also bring together information from other parts of the complaint that have not been covered in the extracts so far. Impact of Anti-Vaccinationist Misinformation in New Zealand Maintaining a [...] … Read More

IAS Complaint Part 3: Vaccine ingredients — Not so bad really - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Oct 13, 2011

Next up in our voyage of crank discovery, via extracts from my IAS charity complaint, is a breakdown of simplistic reasoning around vaccine ingredients. Again, I have reproduced elements of the original article here for your convenience. The following example was posted as a look at vaccine ingredients in two parts. I will not be [...] … Read More

IAS Complaint Part 2: Gardasil Horrors — Horrific Reasoning - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Oct 12, 2011

Continuing my series of extracts from the IAS charity complaint. This one focuses on the Gardasil vaccine and the paranoia that has arisen around it. I have included a link to the article but for convenience I have reproduced here the parts that I refer to in the complaint. Gardasil Horrors Posted April 6, 2011 [...] … Read More

IAS Complaint Part 1: Thimerosal in Your Vaccine? No. - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Oct 11, 2011

As promised here is the first of the articles that I deal with in the formal complaint I made to the Charities Commission regarding the misinformation spread by the anti-vaccine charity IAS.  So, with out further ado (what is ado anyway?) here is the link to the offending piece and my rebuttal: Thimerosal in your [...] … Read More

Anti-Vaccine Charities — Is there any Quality control on Charities? - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Oct 11, 2011

I haven’t really been writing much lately, for this blog at least. Much that is due to simple procrastination but earlier this year my free time was spent doing something equally stimulating. Back in July I submitted a complaint to the New Zealand Charities Commission, which they (allegedly) are currently investigating, about the Immunisation Awareness [...] … Read More

Update – BMJ Wakefield series continues, fingers pointed at Lancet and Royal Free - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 24, 2011

A pointer to further articles by Brian Deer and others, highlighting an excellent comment by a reader of Respectful Insolence and brief thoughts. The British Medical Journal–better known by it’s acronym, BMJ–continues to offer articles by Brian Deer on the long-running Wakefield saga, accompanied by several opinion pieces and editorials. In particular Deer’s … Read More

Fact or fallacy, a survey of immunisation statements in the print media - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 19, 2011

Most of us know anecdotally that print media on occasion present immunisation information incorrectly, but you can’t put a finger on how often and when without hard numbers. A recent research article examining New Zealand newspapers puts numbers to the errors. Helen Petousis-Harris led a team surveying the immunisation statements in articles printed in four national … Read More