In Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe, director Andrew Wakefield and producer Del Bigtree assert that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is not trustworthy as a source of vaccine safety information. They claim that the CDC hid evidence in one of its major studies that vaccines cause autism—and that African American boys are at the […]
While mumps rarely results in death (mortality), it was once a very common infection (morbidity) in the United States. The awful misery of a swollen salivary gland or two could last a week or more. Feel free to download and share without modification.
Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type B) is hardly a household word, but the bacterium can be very nasty to young children. A vaccine was introduced in 1985, and since then rates of severe Hib infections have decreased more than 90% in areas where the vaccine is routine. Feel free to download and share without modification.
People often wonder: why give my newborn a hepatitis B vaccine, if hep B is sexually transmitted? True, it is. But it can also be contracted during childbirth by the baby from her mother (who unknowingly carries the virus). A child can even contract the hep B virus from another child via a bite to […]
I have read some alarming myths about tetanus among anti-vaccine writers. The most dangerous one is the idea that if the wound bleeds (or you pour hydrogen peroxide into it), the tetanus bacteria all die because they are anaerobic. Not even close. Bacteria are very small, and Clostridium tetani needs only a very small space […]