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Measles comes back, McCarthy's revisionist history

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitMay 26, 2010 6:40 PM

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Two things vacciney: 1) While it's not due to antivaxxers, it's still important: measles is making a comeback across the world. According to the article, the lack of funding is making vaccines hard to come by in Africa, Asia, and Europe, and measles is very opportunistic. With the antivaxxers still spreading their lies in America, Australia, and elsewhere, it's all too easy for this awful disease to spread wildly anywhere it gets a toehold. 2) It's a delicate task, talking about someone's kid when it comes to autism and vaccinations. It's a social minefield; you're dealing with an innocent kid, but you're also dealing with a parent who may be gravely misinformed and doing a lot of harm by spreading misinformation. Jenny McCarthy, though, put her son Evan front and center in the nonsense she spouts about autism, and is doing considerable harm to the public health. Skeptico has taken on her claims, and shows that her version of events seems to shape-shift according to her needs.

Tip o' the syringe to my brother, Sid for the measles link.

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