Questions tagged [vaccines]

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 any other studies (besides the discredited Wakefield studies) that have found a link between vaccination and autism?

Wakefield's study from 1998 is now refuted as fraudulent, however there must have been subsequent research by others looking for a link between vaccines and autism. Did any of this research find a ...
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Is it dangerous to have several vaccines at the same time?

As a parent, I often hear people say that they think it's bad for their children to have several vaccines in one go. Some parents pay for some vaccines to be given separately, and I wondered if there ...
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Do “new documents” change anything about the Wakefield/MMR vaccine paper/retraction/fraud situation?

I was recently sent an article and am trying to evaluate some of the claims. [1] The claim of interest here is this one: In light of new evidence that has emerged clearing Dr Wakefield of the ...
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Are deaths “skyrocketing” due to vaccination?

I was sent the following link by a friend and they were concerned that someone was passing it around on Twitter. What would be some good refutations for its content? http://www.infowars.com/vaccine-...
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Is the number of childhood vaccines correlated with infant mortality?

Related Just how inaccurate are vaccine myths? Is it dangerous to have several vaccines at the same time? I was passed along an article reporting that a new study found that despite having the ...
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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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How dangerous is thiomersal (thimerosal)?

Some people blame the preservative thiomersal in vaccines for all kinds of illnesses, but mainly for autism. As thiomersal is a mercury compound, there is some plausibility in suspecting it may cause ...
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How reliable is the research behind the flu-vaccine?

There is significant noise claiming that flu shots are largely ineffective, especially against new strains of the flu (see, for example, this site). Both the arguments for, and against, flu shots, ...
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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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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 the belief that vaccinations cause autism correlated with liberal political beliefs?

There are some people who continue to believe that there is a link between vaccination and autism. See this question for more: Are there any other studies (besides the discredited Wakefield studies) ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Did the military start the “No alcohol after vaccines” meme?

The Travel Doctor (a chain of clinics that does vaccination for travellers) claims Can I drink alcohol after vaccines? [Don't drink too much after Japanese Encephalitis vaccine] The myth ...