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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Are “pox parties” safer than vaccines for children?

So-called pox parties have been around in various forms in varying degrees of popularity since the 1980's, and are described on Wikipedia as: A pox party, or flu party or flu fling, is a social ...
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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 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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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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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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Was SIDS unheard of before “modern vaccine schedules”?

Related: Paper correlating number of vaccines given with infant mortality rate for many countries? The same paper in the related article above states (abstract HERE/full text HERE): Prior to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Do 6-month old babies ingest more aluminum from formula milk than from vaccines?

This blog post claims that vaccines given to infants contain less aluminum than is typically ingested from milk - especially formula milk. A more prestigious source of this claim is the Children's ...
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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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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 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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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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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 British Medical Journal largely funded by vaccine manufactuers?

I was sent an article from Natural News and am trying to check the claims [1]. One of them is as follows: The British Medical Journal also failed to disclose that its own finances are largely ...
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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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Are hepatitis B vaccines for newborns safe and cost-effective?

Related: Is it dangerous to have several vaccines at the same time? Is the number of childhood vaccines correlated with infant mortality? Just how inaccurate are vaccine myths? I was sent a Mercola ...
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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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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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How can I tell if a listed adjuvant is no longer toxic due to a vaccine's composition?

Frequently there is some banter about the risk associated with adjuvants by people who consider vaccines more dangerous than beneficial. If a given vaccine lists an adjuvant that is toxic in isolation,...
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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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Do vaccines cause “hypertoxicity”?

A friend recently posted this on their Facebook: Vaccines don't cause autism. They cause hypertoxicity which leads to neurological impairment, and cell death. DRAW YOUR OWN CONCLUSIONS! ~Dr. D....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...