TIP Talk

Thursday May 18, 2017

Understanding the Vaccine Court

Anti-vaccine sentiment is often fed by conspiracy theories, the main one being that the government is deliberately covering up the risks of vaccination. A corollary of that theory goes like this: You can tell the government is doing this because it has a secret vaccine court that quietly hands out millions of dollars in hush money to the many people whose vaccines caused autism.

Thursday May 11, 2017

TIP Statement on the Minnesota Measles Outbreak

In case anyone had doubts, this is what happens when the likes of disgraced researcher Andrew Wakefield interferes in a vulnerable community, lying to parents about the MMR vaccine: An outbreak of measles threatens children’s health and even their lives.

Thursday May 4, 2017

Infant Immunization: Best of the Blogs

Why isn’t there a gold-standard study proving once and for all that the current immunization schedule is the very best one possible? Of course, there is no evidence that spacing out vaccinations is safe or effective, while there is evidence that the current schedule is both, but where’s the incontrovertible truth about the ideal schedule?

Wednesday April 26, 2017

How Coincidences Shape Views of Vaccines--and Shouldn't

It’s hard to believe that mere decades ago, some studies purportedly “showed” that ice cream caused polio. One doctor concluded that it must be the sugar. There was even an anti-polio diet that called for withholding the frozen treat from children, along with sodas.

Monday April 17, 2017

What's Legislative Day All About, Anyway?

Amy Aiken walks confidently into the offices of Texas legislators on her two prosthetic legs. She is missing her fingers and her legs are amputated below the knee as a result of her battle with meningitis. I met Amy on Immunization Legislative Day in March, where she passionately shares her story with lawmakers and their aides, because if anyone can vividly and courageously represent the importance of vaccination and the value of protective immunization laws, Amy can.

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