David E Bloom The value of vaccination. Godlee smith 2011 wakefields article linking mmr vaccine and autism was fraudulent. Old Dominion University Libraries - Remote login. Off-campus Library Resource Login MIDAS Account access Current ODU faculty, staff and students should click the button below to login with your MIDAS account. Online resources available through the ODU Library web site are limited to currently registered students, staff, and faculty of Old Dominion University due to licensing restrictions.
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Most of the people infected with measles during recent outbreaks were unvaccinated, a review of 18 studies has reported. Moreover, most of those who caught the disease were children whose parents decided not to vaccinate them, rather than forgetting or lacking access. Anti-vaccination sentiment was a smaller, but still important, contributor to the spread of pertussis (whooping cough). Measles, once declared eliminated in the United States, has returned recently as imported cases have set off chains of infection. The fact that such outbreaks are becoming more common has been blamed on the rise of the anti-vaccination movement, but the accusation has involved a lot of guesswork. A paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association has changed that.
Combining nine outbreak reports and nine annual disease summaries, they analyzed 1,416 measles cases in recent years. JMIR-Social Media and the Empowering of Opponents of Medical Technologies: The Case of Anti-Vaccinationism | Wilson. Introduction Social media has been defined as “a group of Internet-based applications that…allow the creation and exchange of user generated content” . These platforms range from social networking sites such as Facebook, to content sharing sites such as YouTube and Picasa, and even to interactive virtual worlds such as Second Life and World of Warcraft.
Rapidly increasing in popularity and influence, social media presents a double-edged sword for proponents of medical technologies. On one hand, social media has transformed how companies communicate with potential consumers of medical pharmaceuticals and technologies. However, along with these opportunities for empowering both health consumers and producers alike comes potential peril . Anti-vaccinationism has existed since the introduction of the first vaccine. What is social media’s role in all of this? As can be surmised, these pernicious activities can pose a real threat to mainstream messaging.
View this figure Recommendations. Comparing the quality of pro- and anti-vaccination online information: a content analysis of vaccination-related webpages | BMC Public Health | Full Text. The main aim of this study was to compare the quality of pro- and anti-vaccination webpages. Our analyses highlighted significant differences between pro-vaccination, anti-vaccination, and neutral (or undefined) webpages along all four quality dimensions: webpage design, interactivity, health-related content, and vaccination-specific content. Generally speaking, pro-vaccination webpages resulted to be qualitatively superior to both anti-vaccination and neutral (or undefined) web sources (Total Aggregated Quality Index). However, on some quality features, neutral and/or anti-vaccination webpages showed better results than the pro-vaccination subset.
Past research  has claimed that the most reliable domain name systems to retrieve quality health information might be the following three: .gov, .org, and .edu. The most notable exception to the quality gap between pro- and anti-vaccination websites occurred for the vaccination-specific information section. The Anti-Vaccination Movement. Feature Steven Novella Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.6, November / December 2007 Despite the growing scientific consensus that vaccines are safe and that neither vaccines nor mercury cause autism, a stubborn vocal minority claims otherwise, threatening the effectiveness of this public health program.
Michelle Cedillo has autism, which her parents believe is the result of her childhood vaccines. In June 2007 they had the opportunity, along with eight other families, to make their case to the Autism Omnibus—a U.S. Court of Federal Claims that was presided over by three “special masters” appointed for the purpose. These nine cases are the first test cases that will likely determine the fate of 4,800 other claims made over the past eight years for compensation for injuries allegedly due to childhood vaccines. Vaccines are one of the most successful programs in modern health care, reducing, and in some cases even eliminating, serious infectious diseases. It gets worse. Andrew Wakefield. The Anti-Vaccine Generation: How Movement Against Shots Got Its Start. You could call New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul members of the "vax generation.
" Born in 1962 and 1963, respectively, they were in grade school when the newly developed measles vaccine became the life-saving advance that protected millions from a highly contagious childhood disease. Though not as scary as polio, it was potent enough to strike four million kids, hospitalize 48,000 of them with complications, and kill more than 400 every year. That both men stoked an anti-vax movement this week by suggesting in the middle of a national measles outbreak that parents should be allowed to choose whether to vaccinate their children speaks to a generational shift in thinking about science and politics. Parents should have "some measure of choice" in vaccinating their children, Christie told a reporter, while Paul called the decision not to vaccinate "an issue of freedom.
" This is a dangerous game to play. Misinformation and Mistrust A Natural History of Measles. How the anti-vaccine movement is endangering lives. (Rogelio V. Solis, File/Associated Press) Infectious diseases that we normally think of as rare in the United States are making a comeback. In recent years, pertussis -- also known as whooping cough -- has returned to the headlines. A measles outbreak that struck a Texas megachurch community late last summer sickened 21 people. And just recently, at least 16 people got sick during a measles outbreak in Ohio. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported 13 measles outbreaks so far in 2014 -- the most since 1996. The diseases are highly contagious, but they are also preventable; two of the many recommended childhood vaccinations protect against measles and pertussis. Why are so many outbreaks happening? But aren't overall vaccination rates really high?
CDC data show that vaccination rates are now above 90 percent range for several routine vaccines, including the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) and whooping cough vaccines. Credit: U.S. Do vaccines cause autism? Anti-Vaxxers Are Officially To Blame For The Rise In 2 Preventable Diseases | Huffington Post.