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a substance used to stimulate the production of antibodies and provide immunity against one or several diseases, prepared from the causative agent of a disease, its products, or a synthetic substitute, treated to act as an antigen without inducing the disease.

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Are there vaccine ingredients which may not be disclosed (“hidden”, “trade secret”, or similar)?

I sometimes encounter people claiming that there are ingredients in vaccines that can be kept secret by the manufacturer. I would be surprised to hear this, because the manufacturers have to conduct ...
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Will vaccines prevent an estimated 936,000 deaths for kids born 1994-2018? [closed]

The CDC published a poster on March 28, 2019 that reads: For kids born 1994-2018 vaccines will prevent an estimated 936,000 deaths in their lifetimes. The statement appears in reputable sources ...
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Is the comeback of measles in the US “largely due to anti-vaxers?”

From CNN: In some recent years, there have been fewer than 100 cases nationwide. But the [measles] virus has made a comeback in other years, including 2019 -- largely due to anti-vaxers, experts ...
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Do organised anti-vaccination groups stand to gain anything?

Lately, Ethan Lindenberger has been getting a lot of attention for defying his mother and getting vaccinated against her wishes. NPR released an article today about how Ethan testified before the ...
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Did Paul Offit, MD, say that aluminum plays an important role in the development of a healthy fetus?

The following quote is attributed to Paul A. Offit, MD, by a number of websites and books; they can be found by Googling for the exact quote in quote marks (screenshot below) Aluminum is considered ...
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Did diseases, decrease over 90% before the introduction of vaccines? [duplicate]

There is this meme going around, which is also used as an anti-vaccine argument, which basically states, that vaccines didn't save millions of lives, because most of the diseases declined by over 90% ...
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Did more than 900 people die of measles in Madagascar since October 2018?

I'm seeing a claim trending on social media that more than 900 people died of measles in Madagascar recently. I'm referring to this article, which opens with: Geneva: At least 922 people have died ...
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Are most cases of polio derived from the polio vaccine?

According to this National Public Radio article: For the first time, the number of children paralyzed by mutant strains of the polio vaccine are greater than the number of children paralyzed by ...
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Do people with flu shots shed the influenza virus more than those who aren't vaccinated?

This 2018 Collective Evolution article claims: Once recent study, however, did bother to look at the question of whether the vaccine prevents transmission. Published on January 18, 2018, in the ...
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Did the 2008-9 flu shot increase the risk of getting the H1N1 flu?

In this 2018 letter to the British Medical Journal, a retired pediatrician claimed that In any discussion of influenza epidemiology we should acknowledge the careful and steady (one could even say ...
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Can the BCG vaccine cure type 1 diabetes?

There are two principal types of diabetes which are very different diseases, though they have similar symptoms. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the body's ability to make insulin is ...
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Is this a real quote by M. Beddow Bayly and are the vaccination claims true?

"Compare these well vaccinated countries with Australia, the least vaccinated country in the world. In 134 years, not one-fifth of the children born have been vaccinated. Yet only three Australian ...
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Were only 10% of the population vaccinated against smallpox?

This image attributes a quote to Glen Dettman: "It is pathetic and ludicrous to say we ever vanquished smallpox with vaccines, when only 10% of the population was vaccinated." - Glen Dettman A.M....
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Can the flu shot cause the flu?

I've heard in many places that you can catch the flu from the flu shot. This is in contrast to most other vaccines for some technical reason. I read on Gizmodo today that: The flu shot does not, ...
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Does sensitatization require less allergens than elicitation?

In Evidence that Food Proteins in Vaccines Cause the Development of Food Allergies and Its Implications for Vaccine Policy Vinu Arumugham claims: It has been demonstrated that a smaller ...
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How are vaccines tested for very young children or infants? [closed]

I've heard people claim that vaccines aren't tested before being given to infants. I looked into it and found lots of references to extensive human trials, but the best reference I've found about ...
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Are mandatory influenza vaccinations to healthcare employees effective?

There is a new law about come into effect in Finland that would, amongst other things, mandate all healthcare employees have yearly vaccinations. Here is a link to the webpage of the new law (in ...
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Did Germany's Supreme Court rule that the measles virus didn't exist?

Paul Fassa writes in German Supreme Court Upholds Biologist’s Claim that Measles Virus Does Not Exist: At first it appeared he had lost. But Dr. Lanka took his loss to a higher court with more ...
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Have parents been jailed in the USA for refusing to vaccinate their children?

Rebecca Bredow is a mother in Michigan, who refuses to let her son be vaccinated, in violation of an agreement with her ex-husband, the boy's father. Her refusal to comply with a court ordering her to ...
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Were many vaccine-preventable diseases almost gone before vaccines were introduced?

The movie Silent Epidemic: The Untold Story of Vaccines presents arguments against vaccination. One of the arguments is that the alleged benefits of vaccines are actually due to modern health and ...
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Does oral polio vaccine provide lifelong immunity?

From the Wikipedia page for poliomyelitis eradication: A study carried out in an isolated Eskimo village showed that antibodies produced from subclinical wild virus infection persisted for at least ...
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Does the CDC own vaccine patents?

As a regular skeptic, I often get involved in arguments about vaccines. In a recent discussion this came up: The CDC owns 70 vaccine patents and makes billions of dollar off them A quick google ...
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Do food proteins in vaccines cause the development of food allergies?

Vinu Arumugham writes in the article Evidence that Food Proteins in Vaccines Cause the Development of Food Allergies and Its Implications for Vaccine Policy published in the Journal of Developing ...
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Are Unvaccinated Children Healthier?

Got this today on my facebook wall... Alarming New Study: Unvaccinated Kids are Healthier The study’s findings really make you wonder. Here’s some of the specifics: Vaccinated children ...
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Are there 130 Research papers supporting Vaccine/Autism Causation? [duplicate]

According to this compilation by Ginger Taylor, MS, there are 130 research papers supporting vaccine/autism causation. Do all (or at least most) of these papers support the conclusion that one or ...
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Are flu shots harmful because they may contain antibiotics?

A webpage on Natural News claims that it is a bad idea to get a flu shot because certain flu shots contain antibiotics. It says: The flu vaccines contain antibiotics such as neomycin, polymyxin B ...
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Has spreading out the vaccine schedule been empirically shown to have any negative effect?

Skeptics.SE has previously addressed the question of whether it is dangerous to follow the recommended vaccine schedule, in which multiple vaccines are administered at the same time: Is it dangerous ...
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Is there correlation between vaccination rates and autism diagnosis?

I came across the below infographic that shows increasing vaccinations and autism diagnosis rates over time. This implication of this infographic is that as vaccination rates go up so does autism. I ...
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Does a pear contain 600 times more formaldehyde than a vaccine?

There is a common pro-vaccination argument that attempts to equate the amount of formaldehyde injected into the body when receiving a vaccine, with the amount of formaldehyde ingested into the GI ...
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Were the measles outbreaks of this decade caused by people not vaccinating?

There are several movements against vaccinating children in the USA. There were several measles outbreaks in the 2010's. Are they related?
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Is it dangerous for vaccinated children to be around unvaccinated children?

Some parents don't want their children to hang around unvaccinated children. An anti-vax argument I've heard is that this suggests the parents believe the vaccines are not effective, if potentially ...
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Does taking flu vaccinations annually reduce their effectiveness?

A friend of mine tried to say that people shouldn't take vaccines because people who receive flu vaccines year after year can sometimes show reduced protection. This effect has been dubbed the "...
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Are booster shots for pets required annually to maintain rabies immunity?

There are highly varied state laws and international laws regarding rabies vaccinations for pets - particularly regarding how frequently booster shots are required. This article in the NBC news ...
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Does the HPV vaccine have more frequent adverse reactions than other immunisations?

This recent article in the Independent claims that the HPV vaccine now part of standard round of vaccinations given to children in the UK is causing a range of side effects. Quoting Dr Manuel ...
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Did an experimental Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) cause the AIDS pandemic?

Aidsorigins.com mentioned in a post that: The oral polio vaccine (OPV) theory of origin of AIDS proposes that an experimental OPV made in a unique manner was administered to nearly one million ...
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Was measles vaccine introduced after the disease was under control

Recently, I have been arguing with people opposing the use of vaccines. One google search query led me to an article claiming that are death cases by measles vaccines. The article goes on claiming ...
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Is this claim that “vaccinations are associated with heroin use” made in good faith? [closed]

A Facebook group Feminists Against Vaccination have posted an anti-vaxx advert: ] Source Their first injection was a vaccination. Protect your children from vaccinations. Vaccinations leave a ...
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Do Silicon Valley tech workers' kids have low vaccination rates?

The Wired has published article "The Sickeningly Low Vaccination Rates at Silicon Valley Day Cares", in which they claim ridiculously low vaccination rates in daycare centers associated with some of ...
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Would measles be no great health risk in the US, even without vaccines?

According to this article, most of the drop in the measles death rate occurred in the United States prior to the introduction of vaccines because of better health care and nutrition. That fact is ...
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Did Gandhi call vaccination a barbarous practice?

While searching for a different image on Google, I came across this: The text in the image reads: Vaccination is a barbarous practice and one of the most fatal of all the delusions current in our ...
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Do the Amish have a lower rate of autism? [closed]

This 2006 article - after making conjectures about autism and vaccinations suggests that autism rates might be lower for (unvaccinated) Amish children, and offers some anecdotal evidence: "I have ...
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Are vaccine antibodies different than natural antibodies?

An article at mercola.com entitled Outspoken Vaccine Advocate States Measles Vaccine Can't Prevent Measles Outbreaks makes the claim that (emphasis added): Because vaccine antibodies are different ...
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Is the WHO tetanus vaccination campaign a covert sterilisation campaign?

Lifesite News (a Canadian conservative Christian pro-life news source) reports: But it is the five-vaccination regime that is most alarming. “The only time tetanus vaccine has been given in five ...
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Does this study show the CDC has covered up an autism/thimerosal link?

Methodological Issues and Evidence of Malfeasance in Research Purporting to Show Thimerosal in Vaccines Is Safe is a study that questions the position of the United States Centers for Disease Control ...
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Flu vaccination opponent attempts to assess effectiveness rather than efficacy [closed]

The following post was given to me on Facebook. I could use some help sifting some of it. I do not promote the use of a flu vaccine. But it's not because "the mercury" or "the formaldehyde," but ...
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Did a US court rule that the MMR vaccine causes autism?

The question of whether MMR vaccines cause autism has been addressed already on Skeptics.SE, and then again when new documents came to light. This question is not about rehashing those facts, but is ...
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Did the lead developer of the HPV vaccine come out against it?

According to LifeWise, “Dr. Diane Harper was the lead researcher in the development of the human papilloma virus vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix. She is the latest to come forward and question the ...
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Is the hunt for Osama bin Laden responsible for the setback(s) in Polio eradication?

If you've seen the movie Zero Dark Thirty, you've seen how the CIA tried to ascertain the identity of Osama bin Laden by sending a doctor to the compound where bin Laden was suspected to be hiding. ...
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Did 25 people die because of H1N1 vaccine of 1976?

From Wikipedia: The 1976 swine flu outbreak, also known as the swine flu fiasco, or the swine flu debacle, was a strain of H1N1 influenza virus that appeared in 1976. Infections were only ...
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Were flu vaccines 9% effective for the elderly in 2013?

I recently saw this video featuring Robert Scott Bell, where he basically says that the flu shot is not terribly effective. Under the video is this description, in part: Reports in 2013 state that ...