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Harpocrates Speaks: Imunization Awarness Month - The Vaccination Chronicles

August is National Immunization Awareness Month in the U.S. I thought it would be a good way to start things off with a short documentary by Australian skeptic Richard Saunders.

http://www.harpocratesspeaks.com/2014/08/imunization-awarness-month-vaccination.html
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Harpocrates Speaks: Massachusetts Steps Closer to Expanding Autism Support

The Massachusetts legislature unanimously approved a bill that will expand services to those with autism. It's very broad in scope, covering all ages, and aims to improve matters for every area of life for them. Let me know what you think.

http://www.harpocratesspeaks.com/2014/07/massachusetts-steps-closer-to-expanding.html
When someone receives a diagnosis of autism or a related disorder, it profoundly impact the individual and their family. Depending on the severity, they may need only minor assistance or extensive services. Some may be able to live independently, while others require round the clock support.
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Harpocrates Speaks: Pre-Vaccine Declines in Measles Mortality

Deaths from measles was on the decline before the measles vaccine ever came on the scene. So what happened? Did it become less virulent? Were improvements in diet and sanitation the sole changes leading to less death? The history of measles mortality in the pre-vaccine era is a bit more complex than that.

http://www.harpocratesspeaks.com/2014/06/pre-vaccine-declines-in-measles.html
On Monday, I discussed "pox parties" and "measles teas", social gatherings where parents get their unvaccinated, nonimmune children together with another kid who has a disease, the purpose being to intentionally infect their kids and make them sick. It is a practice that, for at least a hundred ...
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Harpocrates Speaks: Vaccine Resistance

Could over-vaccination lead to vaccine-resistant bacteria and viruses? What would have to happen for a resistant strain to evolve? Those are interesting questions. Some would stop after simply asking the first question, but what is there to discover when we delve deeper?

http://www.harpocratesspeaks.com/2014/06/vaccine-resistance.html
Several weeks ago, while perusing the mental spewings of the Vermont Coalition for Vaccine Choice's Facebook page, I came across a post that actually got me thinking. It wasn't because the Vermont Coalition for Vaccine Choice was actually saying something based in science or reality for a change ...
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Harpocrates Speaks: The Visible Attacks on Invisible Threat

Earlier this month, students at Carlsbad High School Television held a screening of their documentary film Invisible Threat for members of Congress. The anti-vaccine community leapt to the attack, making baseless assertions and being incredibly disrespectful to the efforts of these students and their hard work, all without having viewed the film.

http://www.harpocratesspeaks.com/2014/05/the-visible-attacks-on-invisible-threat.html
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Harpocrates Speaks: Anti-vaxers and Math Don't Mix

I'm always amazed at how innumerate anti-vaccine activists can be. They cite numbers in an attempt to bolster their own arguments only to have those same numbers prove them wrong. Enter exhibit A...

http://www.harpocratesspeaks.com/2014/05/anti-vaxers-and-math-dont-mix.html
This was going to be a short and quick post, but it got a little bit longer as I went. At any rate, a lot of those opposed to vaccinations will try to convince you that vaccine preventable diseases are harmless rites of passage. They will say that vaccines aren't needed because the diseases are ...
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Harpocrates Speaks: Case of Justina Pelletier Spawns Dubious Legislation

I was hoping that the sage of Justina Pelletier would be done, now that she's back home with her family, and her parents finally agreed to the inclusion of mental health care for their daughter. But, no. I discovered there are two bills in Congress that have been spawned by this whole affair, and both are poorly written, overly broad in scope, and create bad science and medicine policy. Worse, they're bad for kids.

http://www.harpocratesspeaks.com/2014/07/case-of-justina-pelletier-spawns.html
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Harpocrates Speaks: The Top 5 Ways to Prevent Measles

With more measles cases in the first 6 months this year than the last 4 years combined, I thought it might be useful to provide 5 ways to prevent getting sick. Here's my (tongue-in-cheek) top 5 list.

http://www.harpocratesspeaks.com/2014/07/the-top-5-ways-to-prevent-measles.html
Measles is pretty damn contagious. In fact, it is one of the most contagious diseases known, infecting about 90% of all susceptible contacts with as little as 0.2 viral units. It can remain active in the environment for up to two hours, in the air and on surfaces. It is remarkably well adapted ...
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Harpocrates Speaks: Orgies of Death - The Dangerous Tradition of Pox Parties and Measles Teas

Most among the anti-vaccine community view childhood diseases as benign rites of passage. They think that vaccines do not work or that they are more dangerous than the diseases they prevent. In their misguided denial of science, some go so far as to hold parties where they and their friends intentionally expose their children to diseases that could cause very serious harm to, if not kill, their children, let alone increase the risk of starting an epidemic in their communities. Sadly, this tradition, these "orgies of death", goes a long way back.

http://www.harpocratesspeaks.com/2014/06/orgies-of-death-dangerous-tradition-of.html
The other day, Reuben Gaines, over at The Poxes Blog, shared some information about groups on Facebook for people to arrange for the sociopathic practice of intentionally infecting their children with vaccine-preventable diseases. Groups like Rubella Immunity Network, Vaccine-Free Immunity, ...
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Harpocrates Speaks: Dear Anti-Vaxers, Thank You

An open letter to anti-vaccine advoctes thanking them for all they've done to bring about this year's unprecedented number of measles cases.

http://www.harpocratesspeaks.com/2014/05/dear-anti-vaxers-thank-you.html
Man. Just look at that steep, steep line for 2014, towering over every other year in the past fourteen years. Take a bow, anti-vaxers, because that is largely your work. Know how I know it's in large part due to your work? Here's how: 200 of the 288 reported in the CDC's media release about the ...
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Harpocrates Speaks: Spurious Correlations

Over this weekend, I learned (h/t to Orac) about a web site called Spurious Correlations (or Things That Correlate). Great tool for skeptics to demonstrate that correlation does not necessarily equal causation.

http://www.harpocratesspeaks.com/2014/05/spurious-correlations.html
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Harpocrates Speaks: Interview with Dr. Paul Offit at NECSS 2014

I had an opportunity to talk with Dr. Paul Offit several weeks ago at NECSS 2014.

http://www.harpocratesspeaks.com/2014/05/interview-with-dr-paul-offit-at-necss.html
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