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Product Tampering to Spread Propaganda About Vaccines

Have you heard about the folks placing propaganda about vaccines inside baby products?

Tampering with baby formula to spread misinformation about vaccines. This is the modern anti-vaccine movement.
Tampering with baby formula to spread misinformation about vaccines. This is the modern anti-vaccine movement.

Yes, that’s really thing…

Product Tampering to Spread Propaganda About Vaccines

And it isn’t isolated.

There are Facebook groups that sell cards with misinformation about vaccines and folks are encouraged to spread them around.

It's not a coincidence that these folks would go so far as to tamper with baby products to spread their misinformation.
It’s not a coincidence that these folks would go so far as to tamper with baby products to spread their misinformation.

Why are they doing it?

Tampering with a product is a crime. Learn the Risk
Tampering with these products is a crime. Learn the Risk

They are planting seeds spreading propaganda about vaccines.

Misinformation about vaccines does not give you informed consent...
Misinformation about vaccines does not give you informed consent…

They are going into stores and tampering with products, from baby formula and diapers to clothing.

You now have another job - protecting your family from propaganda about vaccines.
You now have another job – protecting your family from propaganda about vaccines.

Especially clothing for babies.

Who’s tampering with these products?

Is it really so hard to figure out?

Posting videos of your tampering with baby products on TikTok is a little bit suspicious...
Posting videos of your tampering with baby products on TikTok is a little bit suspicious…

Especially when they provide their own evidence on Facebook and TikTok…

The real question is when are these stores going to stop them?

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Fake News about Vaccine Doses for U.S. Children

Who is spreading the fake news about vaccine doses for U.S. children?

This Facebook post and billboard about vaccine doses is fake news. Can we get them taken down?
This Facebook post and billboard about vaccine doses is fake news. Can we get them taken down?

The usual suspects…

Fake News about Vaccine Doses for U.S. Children

You have likely seen the folks pushing the idea that kids get a lot more vaccines today than they used to in the “good old days,” right?

What did your generation do about vaccines and vaccine preventable diseases?
Some fixed these signs

It is somewhat true and it’s a good thing, as kids get more protection against more diseases!

How many vaccine doses do you count in this immunization schedule from the 1950s?
How many vaccine doses do you count in this immunization schedule from the 1950s? And yes, those vaccines had aluminum? And thimerosal

Still, these signs, articles, and billboards are very easy to debunk if you simply take a second to look at an old immunization schedule.

Is it 69 or 72? Anti-vax folks can't even agree on how to inflate the vaccine dose count...
Is it 69 or 72? These folks can’t even agree on how to inflate the vaccine dose count…

And understand that they are boosting the number vaccine doses by counting combination doses separately, something that for some reason they typically forget to do when talking about vaccines in 1960.

They also forget to mention that the benefit we get from the extra doses of vaccines kids get today, however you want to count them.

Hib and Prevnar alone prevent about 450 deaths in young children each year. Do you really want to go back to an immunization schedule from the 1980s?
Hib and Prevnar alone prevent about 450 deaths in young children each year. Does Bob Sears really want you to go back to an immunization schedule from the 1980s?

Whether it is the 1960s or 80s, fewer vaccines and vaccine doses at those times meant more diseases and more deaths from now vaccine preventable diseases.

Vaccines are safe, with few risks.

Propaganda and fake news about vaccines isn’t.

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Are Rates of Cancer in Children Skyrocketing?

Why do some folks think that rates of cancer in children are skyrocketing?

If you want to do something during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, encourage folks to get vaccinated and protected so that they don't put people with cancer, who are likely immunosuppressed at risk to get a vaccine-preventable disease.
If you want to do something during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, encourage folks to get vaccinated and protected so that they don’t put people with cancer, who are likely immunosuppressed at risk to get a vaccine-preventable disease.

Oh, the usual suspects…

Are Rates of Cancer in Children Skyrocketing?

Cancer is actually one of the leading causes of death, but it is not the leading causes of death in children.

Childhood cancer is not the leading cause of death.

And cancer rates in children are not skyrocketing.

“We identified 120,137 childhood and adolescent cancer cases during 2001-2009 with an age-adjusted incidence rate of 171.01 per million. The overall rate of all cancers combined remained stable over time.”

Siegel et al on Cancer incidence rates and trends among children and adolescents in the United States, 2001-2009.

They have been very stable for many years.

So much for the anti-vax theory that vaccines can cause cancer

There’s more.

Not only are cancer rates in children not skyrocketing, fewer kids today are dying of cancer.

The death rate from childhood cancer has been decreasing.
The death rate from childhood cancer has been decreasing.

And now that they are actually getting vaccines that can prevent cancer, these children have an even lower risk of getting several cancers when they get older!

Even worse than pushing the idea that cancer rates are skyrocketing and that vaccines cause cancer, many of these same folks steer people with cancer away from life-saving medical treatments!

How can these folks publish advice that people with cancer should stop chemotherapy and radiation?!?
How can these folks publish advice that people with cancer should stop chemotherapy and radiation?!?

Surprised?

You shouldn’t be.

This is the modern anti-vaccine movement.

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Did New York Declare Medical Martial Law over a Measles Outbreak?

You have to admire anti-vaccine folks for one thing, they are consistent.

Well, actually, no.

Admire is the wrong word…

Did New York Declare Medical Martial Law over a Measles Outbreak?

As most folks know, Rockland County Executive Ed Day made an emergency declaration banning unvaccinated kids from public places.

I guess because he was anticipating a freak-out from anti-vaccine folks, he went out of his way to say that the emergency declaration does not mean that law enforcement will be asking for vaccine records and that they are just trying to get the attention of parents, some of whom weren’t cooperating when their kids were sick.

So what was the reaction?

About as you would expect…

Martial law?

Medical martial law? An emergency declaration saying you will get a class B misdemeanor if your unvaccinated kid goes to the mall is the same thing as martial law? Ordinary laws have been suspended and the military is taking over?

If you listened to the press conference, the problem isn’t really that we need new laws, it is that some folks aren’t cooperating with existing ones. Again, in the middle of the longest outbreak in recent history, some parents who have kids sick with measles aren’t talking to health department officials who simply want to control and stop the outbreak.

What else is wrong with the Natural News post?

Of course, it is the stuff about shedding and “improperly weakened viral strains.”

In truth, measles outbreaks are started when unvaccinated folks travel out of the country, get measles, and bring it back to a community with a lot of other unvaccinated people. And tragically, sometimes folks who are too young to be vaccinated or who have true medical contraindications to getting vaccinated get caught up in these outbreaks.

Did they listen to the press conference? When did he say that they would be going door-to-door?

Hillary Simpson telling folks in New York to riot.

Is it actually legal to tell folks to riot and incite them to open civil disobedience?

Kate Tietje calling for open civil disobedience.

Surpriginsly, most went to straight to comments about Hitler and concentration camps.

It is offensive to compare the emergency declaration in Rockland county to putting people in concentration camps.
It is offensive to compare the emergency declaration in Rockland county to putting people in concentration camps.

This is the modern anti-vaccine movement.

These are the leaders and heroes of the anti-vaccine movement.

Larry Cook on the emergency ban in Rockland County.

To be clear, rabbis in the community have been telling folks to get vaccinated and protected!

“Whoever isn’t vaccinated is a murderer” reads a rabbinic letter recently signed by leading charedi rabbis in Israel, according to Yeshiva World News. The kol koreh was distributed after a spread of Measles in the ultra-Orthodox communities in Israel and around the world. Earlier this month an unvaccinated infant died, and more than 1300 people have been infected with a preventable disease. The Gedolim who signed the Kol Koreh include: Rav Yitzchak Silberstein, Rav Shimon Ba’adani, Rav Sriel Rosenberg, Rav Moshe Shaul Klein Rav Menachem Mendel Lubin.

As Measles Spread, Leading Charedi Rabbis Come Out Strongly Against Anti-Vaxxers

I wonder what the people in these communities would think of all of this holocaust imagery that anti-vaccine folks are using to try and keep the outbreaks going?

The National Vaccine Information Center is exploiting a photo of five year old Avram Rosenthal and his two year old brother Emanuel of the Kovno ghetto in Lithuania. Both boys were later deported to the death camp at Majdanek where they were murdered.
This is a photo of five year old Avram Rosenthal and his two year old brother Emanuel of the Kovno ghetto in Lithuania. Both boys were later deported to the death camp at Majdanek where they were murdered. Why is it being used in an article about measles outbreaks?

It is very clear that this is not about religion.

“The Orthodox Union (OU) and the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) strongly urge all parents to vaccinate their healthy children on the timetable recommended by their pediatrician.”

Statement on Vaccinations from the OU and Rabbinical Council of America

People in these communities have been misled and misinformed by anti-vaccine propaganda.

How about we make folks who push anti-vaccine misinformation wear dunce caps?
How about dunce caps on folks who push anti-vaccine misinformation?

Don’t let them make it worse.

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