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No. The court cases are not represented accurately. The denialist Stefan Lanka promised to pay 100 000 Euros to anyone that provided him proof that a measles virus causing the illness exists. Soon after a Mr David Bardens sent 6 publications to Lanka doing just that. Lanka refused to pay out. In 2014 Bardens sued him and the local court (Landgericht ...


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The statement is patently false. A National Institute of Health Paper talks about this in detail. The global eradication effort, led by D.A. Henderson, originally used a strategy of mass vaccination campaigns to achieve 80% vaccine coverage in each country. This goal proved difficult to attain in many underdeveloped countries, but a serendipitous ...


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TL;DR: In the US and the EU, vaccine manufacturers are required to disclose all ingredients within the vaccine on vaccine packaging inserts available online alphabetically and European public assessment reports searchable through a database, respectively. In both regions, quantities of some ingredients (active ingredients, adjuvants, and absorbents) must ...


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Numbers not exact, ratio plausible. This is a success story. The WHO provides a queryable database on AFP / polio. I am a bit unclear on the exact meaning of the headers, so I'll list the 2017 global totals for all columns: AFP (acute flaccid paralysis) cases: 104090 Non polio AFP Rate: 5.46 % Adequate stool collection: 89 Pending: 118 Wild poliovirus ...


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A grain of truth, but not fully confirmed The claim... In fact, subjects who had received the influenza vaccine in both the current and the previous season were found to shed over six times more aerosolized virus than those who did not get a flu shot during either season. ...is clear enough to examine and the author has sourced it well. The source is ...


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The Centers for Disease Control has applied for and been assigned patents for a number of vaccines. Vaccines are a great tool for controlling disease. The CDC licenses out their patents. I cannot find any actual discussion of licensing fees, but the form that you have to fill out to get a license asks for a market analysis. Presumably, so this is so they ...


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No. The amount of formaldehyde in 200 grams of pear is about 7 times the maximum that an infant would receive from a single vaccine, as explained below: According to Determination of formaldehyde in foods, biological media and technological materials by headspace gas chromatography Chromatographia December 1996, Volume 43, pages 625-627: Sample: Pears ...


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The answer is sometimes YES, vaccinated people are sometimes afraid of unvaccinated people, often with good reason. This in no way suggests the vaccine is not effective if potentially being exposed to the disease still concerns the parents of vaccinated children. I blended my two comments into an answer. Dr. Jodi Halpern wrote (from Ask the Experts: Should ...


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Summary: The survey this article was based on was biased, poorly designed and poorly implemented. The conclusions cannot be trusted. This study was examined by Orac who has been "checking in with and covering periodically ever since its inception in 2012, when antivaxers were fundraising for it." The study has had a history of being retracted: I’ve ...


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Short answer: No, pox parties are NOT safer than vaccines. This was asked at the Parenting StackExchange. Here is my answer from that: PROS of VACCINES: The vaccine is administered in a doctor's office. Understand that NOTHING is 100% safe (even breathing), so should there be any reactions, you will be with a doctor. The patient that gets the vaccine ...


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Yes he said it (assuming that the translation from the Hindi, and Project Gutenberg, can be trusted). The quote can be found early in "Chapter VI - CONTAGIOUS DISEASES: SMALL-POX" of: A GUIDE TO HEALTH BY MAHATMA GANDHI Translated from the Hindi BY A. RAMA IYER, M.A. Published in Madras in 1921 and republished as a Project Gutenberg EBook. The exact ...


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tl;dr- This answer is primarily an attempt to establish the context of the quote to determine its meaning. No conclusive sources were found, however: It seems dubious that Glen Dettman actually made that statement. If Dettman did make that statement, it seems likely to have been in the context of the Australian population pre-1938, not the global ...


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No with regards to the specific ruling cited, and no in the broader sense since the U.S. Courts have previously ruled against the link. The legalese can be tough to parse but the ruling is pretty clear that the respondent, in this case the Secretary of Health and Human Services agreed with the petitioners' claim that Ryan Mojabi suffered encephalitis as a ...


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No, the maths on these memes don't quite add up, but it is fair to say that a pear does still contain quite a bit more formaldehyde than any vaccine by at least a factor of 10. According to the WHO (World Health Organization), (PDF File) a Pear can contain 6 to 38.7 mg/kg of formaldehyde. That would mean for a 200 gram pear, we have anywhere from 1.2 to 7....


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There was a court case that went to the German Supreme court involving Measles where an anti-vaccine litigant ultimately won. However, the court never ruled that "the measles virus doesn't exist". The court case brought up in question was in response to a challenge by Stefan Lanka. Mr. Lanka is an anti-immunization activist, more commonly known as a ...


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This is the original WHO Disease Outbreak News, dated 2019-01-17. It states 39 "facility-based" deaths between 2018-10-04 and 2019-01-07. This is the -- at the time of this writing -- lated WHO Outbreaks and Emergencies Bulletin update, dated 2019-02-10. It states 312 deaths between 2018-09-03 and 2019-02-05. I did not find a 900+ number of deaths cited in ...


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Cases of measles in the US, 1960-2001, CDC, via Science Based Medicine "Measles Elimination in Canada", from Journal of Infectious Diseases (2004) As you can see from the curve the number of cases dropped when vaccinations became available. I don't think hygiene can be the cause here.


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Summary: The main point of these claims is that the death rate for some diseases was declining before vaccines. While that is true, it misses the fact that even though the death rate was declining, plenty of people (mostly children) were still getting and suffering from these diseases. Vaccines dramatically decreased both the number of total cases and the ...


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Yes, there is a correlation between groups of people not vaccinating against measles and outbreaks within the United States in the current decade. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) explicitly states "the majority of people who got measles were unvaccinated" concerning the record number of cases in 2014 on their page for measles outbreaks. There are ...


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The answer depends a lot on what mechanism you imply and who you consider to be "anti-vaxxers". If you consider anti-vaxxers to be all groups of people who as a group oppose vaccination (e.g. for political, religious or other reasons), then CNN is largely right. If you are looking for a causal link between the anti-vaccination movement and the increasing ...


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According to a 2009 CBS interview, Dr. Harper's concerns about HPV vaccines are over the lack of data about the duration of protection and the way the vaccines are being advertised. Available data shows the vaccines are effective for at least 5 years, but effectiveness beyond that is unknown, and Dr. Harper's opinion is that to have a meaningful effect on ...


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The article you link to is all over the place and largely references itself rather than linking to primary sources. It's hard to mount an argument against such a profligate barrage of claims. The best you can do is patiently take claims one at a time and search the scientific literature for studies that refute the various hypotheses presented. The worst ...


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Number of Vaccinations These figures are approximately correct for 1983 and 2008 (but not for 2013) and seem to be based on CDC recommendations. The numbers are likely taken from the vaccination schedule recommended by the CDC. You can see all available schedules starting from 1994 and additionally from 1989 and 1983 here. The schedule from 1983 lists 11 ...


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Obviously the specifics of "what they have to gain" varies from group to group and individual to individual but it mostly boils down to the time honored motive - money. For some examples: Andrew Wakefield Wakefield was driven by a financial motive in undertaking his original fraudulent case series - he was being paid to attack MMR by Richard Barr. He had ...


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Let me compare that data (i.e. a death rate of less than 1 in 100,000) with data reported elsewhere. I'm going to reference The Clinical Significance of Measles: A Review which says, In the United States, mortality from measles decreased from 25 per 1000 reported cases in 1912 [209, 210] to 1 per 1000 reported cases in 1962 [211]. In New York State, ...


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In both cases, infection and vaccination, the antibodies are generated by the body. Since the antibodies can target different epitopes and there are different types of antibodies, it is possible for the strength of the immune response to be different and the composition could be different as well. The article cites a paper that actually supports the ...


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Summary: Chickenpox as a disease results in 2 deaths per 100,000 cases, and about 2,000 per 100,000 cases of complications. Chickenpox vaccine results in ~0.15 deaths per 100,000 cases (most of which turn out to be due to natural varicella, so the true death rate is lower), and about 67.5 per 100,000 cases of complications. Thus, for children, vaccination is ...


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Note: Another broader question about anti-vax opinions and political leanings has been marked as a duplicate of this one: Do 60% of US anti-vaxxers identify as politically liberal?. My answer here concerns anti-vaccination opinions generally, not only the specific phenomenon of belief that vaccines cause autism. My impression is that autism fears are a ...


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There's no way to know for sure what the toll of a modern measles outbreak in the US would be. However, it seems the author of that article used only the facts that would support his case. The article he cites when coming to his conclusion is Measles Elimination in the United States. First, the numbers he uses from 1956-1960: Not all cases were reported ...


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The meme claims that: children who are vaccinated are 85% more likely to inject heroin than those who are not. Because the claim didn't mention which type of vaccines will cause heroin injection, and had the slogan "protect your children from vaccinations", the meme's target was all vaccines, therefore paraphrasing the claim would lead to: Any vaccine ...


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