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Simpsonwood and Vaccines

Simpsonwood refers to the Scientific Review of Vaccine Safety Datalink Information conference by 51  vaccine and vaccine safety researchers and experts. A CDC conference to discuss thimerosal and vaccines, it was held over two days at the Simpsonwood Methodist retreat and conference center in Norcross, Georgia (near Atlanta) in June 2000. The AAP and FDA …

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Raggedy Ann and Vaccines

How is Raggedy Ann associated with vaccines? Johnny Gruelle wrote children’s book in the early 20th century. He created Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy sometime before 1914 and wrote a number of stories about his daughter Marcella playing with the dolls. Tragically, his daughter later died when she was 13 years old, reportedly after getting …

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Adjuvant 65 in Vaccines and the Peanut Allergy Epidemic

An adjuvant is classically defined as “an ingredient of a vaccine that helps create a stronger immune response in the patient’s body.” The most commonly used adjuvant in vaccines in the United States is aluminum. Monophosphoryl lipid A is another adjuvant that is used in one brand of HPV vaccine. Not all vaccines have adjuvants though. …

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Disappearing Diseases

A common argument of those who push non-standard, parent-selected, delayed protection vaccine schedules is that kids are no long at risk for many vaccine-preventable diseases any more because those diseases have disappeared. After all, when was the last time you saw polio or diphtheria in the United States? How about measles, mumps, or pertussis? Oops. …

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