Vaccine-preventable diseases: Outbreaks, Updates, Antis and Pros

What’s new in vaccine preventable diseases? The country is currently seeing pockets of measles, mumps and whooping cough. We’ll discuss the medical implications of these diseases that, happily, most people in this meetup have likely never personally experienced.

Additionally, who are the big players in the anti-vaccine movement? What are their arguments and how does science refute them? All this plus anecdotes from the front-line of educating parents about vaccines by our pediatrician-in-residence, Jennifer Newport

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  • Maynard F.

    excellent presentation

    1 · June 22

  • Arthur W.

    I broke internet rule 1. I read the comments.

    2 · June 21

  • Raven

    Of course there isn't proof. This isn't a debate, it's a comment on the description. It has been proven that those places are basically in the business of telling lies, and anything with "government" or "industry-standard" stamped on it is automatically suspicious because there's money coming into it from people that are doing false "research" solely to make a profit. Profiteers includes the government, since they are both bribed by the companies as well as being influenced by the currency themselves. I am not going to spend several hours trying to dig the links out of my e-mail when I am merely making a comment on a description. If debates are supposed to

    June 16

    • Dani P.

      SYNTHETIC IS STILL NATURAL. You're commiting the naturalistic fallacy. Are you claiming that synthesized chemicals are somehow different than the SAME CHEMICALS found in nature? They're not. There's a reason we used to get aspirin from tree bark. The difference is I can measure an effective dosage when we run it in a lab, and not poison my liver with toxic amounts when that's done. PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING IS A TOXIN IN LARGE DOSES.

      Wikis are great because we can see all the edits over time, know who changed what, and we can even see the cited sources. They do have an excellent policy for science, you may be unaware of it: http://goo.gl/BmiADw­

      1 · June 19

    • Marcus

      If I may interject, if this is still going on, this would go much more smoothly on the forums without the character limits imposed here. And yes, there are forums on meetup: http://www.meetup.com...­

      Also, Raven, I'd be more than willing to take up some of the larger issues, which are completely out of place on this meetup thread, over there. Is the U.S. government engaged in a massive cover-up about the safety of drugs? Are current levels of water fluoridation hazardous? Is Mercola a trustworthy source? I'd answer "No" to all three but if you'd like to debate the merits of that assertion, please meet me there.

      4 · June 19

  • Raven

    ....Science doesn't refute them. SCIENCE agrees with them as well as history. Try getting your so-called "research" from places that are stamped with a giant "U.S. GOVERNMENT" or "MERCK VACCINE COMPANY" stamp on them =\.

    June 13

    • Raven

      the source, that is a waste of space in the head. Websites showing good proof of the opposite of common beliefs may be saved if someone who wants such proofs has discussed the subject before, or if I need to use it to protect my childrens' or boyfriend's health, but just because it has been saved does not mean it is easily and simply accessible at all times.

      June 17

    • Beth

      Sounds like you have some very distinct ideas about what this group should be. I can't claim to speak for each of the 984 other members (at the moment) of the group, but I will ask that all 985 members make a "good-faith" effort to support their claims and keep at least a modicum of respect for the ideas of others in mind.

      2 · June 17

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