TIP Talk

Thursday June 15, 2017

Invest 19 Minutes, Become a Vaccine Expert

Not all visitors to The Immunization Project’s website are deeply engaged in the medical and policy aspects of vaccines. Perhaps you’re a parent wondering about the safety of vaccines. Maybe you’re, like us, a true believer in vaccines as one of the safest, most life-saving medical advances in history, but you have friends or relatives who aren’t vaccinating, and you’re not sure how to respond to their concerns.

Thursday June 8, 2017

TIP Op-Ed: The Link Between Texas and Minnesota's Measles

What does a measles outbreak in Minnesota have to do with the health of Texas? Quite a lot, actually. It was a Texan—disgraced one-time researcher Andrew Wakefield, stripped of his medical license because of his false and fraudulently produced claim that the measles vaccine is linked to autism—who visited Minnesota to persuade parents in the Somali community that they could prevent autism in their children by foregoing the vaccine.

Thursday June 1, 2017

The "Too Many, Too Soon" Myth

Among the many anti-vaccine myths dutifully presented by fervent immunization opponents is the argument “Too Many, Too Soon.” It is often raised after all the other straw men about mercury, aluminum, autism, etc. have been knocked down. It is what I like to call the “But still” argument.

Thursday May 25, 2017

10 Important Facts About the Vaccine Registry

Like other states, Texas has an immunization registry, a database of who’s been vaccinated against which diseases. And both public health and individuals benefit from it. The more complete the registry is, the better job the state can do when it comes to figuring out which areas have particularly low immunization rates, allowing them to make cost-effective decisions about where to make vaccinations more available. In the case of disease outbreaks, it helps experts figure out whether the underlying problem is a low vaccination rate. It also helps residents by keeping a safe, permanent record of their vaccinations.

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.

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