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1) "Alicia Silverstone's clueless vaccine advice "
Salon
April 23, 2014

"Alicia Silverstone and Jenny McCarthy have a lot in common. They're both blondes who were famous in the '90s and who now use their celebrity to spout dubious parenting advice. But whereas McCarthy has of late been clumsily trying to rewrite her very public record of unscientific statements, Silverstone seems willing to pick up the slack. Behold 'The Kind Mama'... By all means, parents should have a dialogue with their pediatricians about their vaccination schedule and what works for their family. They should feed their kids a diet that extends nutritionally far beyond hot dogs. Use tampons; don't use tampons. But please don't swallow shaky, unsubstantiated advice - advice that can potentially put other individuals at serious health risk - because the hot girl from the Aerosmith videos a generation ago says so. Because that'd be just clueless. "

2) "Alicia Silverstone's Nutty New Parenting Book Is Anti-Vax, Anti-Diaper "
Jezebel
April 23, 2014

"I want to say, first of all, that I love Alicia Silverstone so much to death and I always will, and just thinking about her little Cher Horowitz face makes me feel as though an eternal golden summer is reigning in my heart. That said, some of the parenting advice she dispenses in her new book The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning (CATCHY) is sanctimonious bonk-bonk garbage...spreading hysterical misinformation about vaccines (even if you're just criticizing vax schedules and not shilling a direct vaccine-to-autism connection) might not seem like a big deal to families that can afford high-quality out-of-pocket medical care, but it is a very big, life-and-death deal to the low-income and immunocompromised. "

3) "ALICIA SILVERSTONE PARENTING BOOK: NO VACCINATIONS! "
Big Hollywood
April 23, 2014

" Hollywood star Alicia Silverstone, most famous for her role in 1995's Clueless, has now released a parenting book, titled The Kind Mama. In it, she dispenses advice on how to raise children; her own son, Bear, turned 3 years old in May. Her advice, which apparently does not include any criticism of giving children names that will result in playground mockery, does include an entire section ripping vaccination. She says she has never given Bear "a drop of medicine," and says he is healthy because she feeds him along vegan lines...Vaccinations absolutely work, and have dramatically decreased rates of childhood diseases. According to UNICEF, hundreds of thousands of cases of diseases like pneumococcal disease could be easily prevented by vaccination. Meanwhile, diseases that were once eliminated, including whooping cough, have made a comeback in the United States thanks to disinformation campaigns like Silverstone's. "

4) " More San Diego County kindergartners are missing vaccinations "
Los Angeles Times
April 23, 2014

" The percentage of parents opting for the "personal belief exemption" to avoid vaccinations for their children in kindergarten has tripled in a decade, county health officials said Wednesday. The result is that 4.5% of the 43,000-plus kindergartners in San Diego County schools are missing one or more of the recommended vaccinations, said public health officer Dr. Wilma Wooten. That totals more than 1,900 students. Among the 14 diseases that vaccinations can prevent are measles, mumps, polio, chickenpox and whooping cough, Wooten said. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends immunizations for infants at birth and then periodically later on. "

5) "Colorado's Anti-Anti-Vaxxer Bill Gets Watered Down "
The Daily Beast
April 23, 2014

" A bill entering the House in Colorado is seeking to make it ever more difficult for parents to choose to not-vaccinate their children on the basis of personal 'belief' was watered down this week. Like many states, until now Colorado has had an EZPass sort of approach, allowing great latitude and creativity to those parents who, for whatever reason, decide to opt out from protecting their kids and their kids' friends against various childhood infections. However, the recent, seemingly nonstop re-appearances of various childhood infections-mumps, measles, and whooping cough (pertussis) in particular-has been sufficiently disruptive and costly to make some governments become more forward-thinking in their interpretation of just what the meaning of 'mandatory' is. Colorado House Bill 1288 would have required that parents do the near-unthinkable-take an online vaccination education module prepared by the State or find a doctor willing sign off that the parent has received comparable information. Democrats said they pulled the bill thanks to opposition from both parties. Instead, they pushed a wimpy bill that still requires schools to disclose vaccination rates, but doesn't require parental education or doctor sign offs. "

6) "Vaccine Bill Stripped Down At The Colorado Capitol "
Aspen Public Radio
April 23, 2014

" House Bill 1288 [.pdf] now requires schools and daycare centers to collect data on the number of children immunized and the rate of exemptions. The bill originally required parents to take an online education class or get a letter from a doctor or public health official before opting their children out of vaccines. 'It doesn't take away parental rights,' said Senator Gail Schwartz (D-Snowmass Village). Vaccines save lives said Shwartz... A conference committee is also under consideration to iron out the differences between the versions each chamber passed. "

7) "Study Shows Effect of Vaccination on Spread and Diversification of Bordetella Pertussis "
Infection Control Today
April 23, 2014

"The most comprehensive study to date of the family of bacteria that causes whooping cough points to more effective vaccine strategies and reveals surprising findings about the bacteria's origin and evolution. The new results could alter public health strategies to control this respiratory disease, which kills 195,000 children worldwide each year. "

8) "Immunization Resources Inject Certainty Into FPs' Vaccine Protocols "
AAFP News
April 23, 2014

"Have you checked your mailbox lately? The AAFP has mailed laminated copies of the 2014 immunization schedules and other helpful resources to all active and resident members. In addition to the full-color schedules, the packet includes a number of documents aimed at helping family physicians stay up-to-date on vaccine-related issues. "

9) "Vaccinations Save Millions of Lives Every Year "
Voice of America
April 23, 2014

"The World Health Organization says effective vaccines against killer diseases are averting between two to three million deaths every year.The agency is kicking off its yearly World Immunization Week campaign by urging children and adults to get immunized against deadly and debilitating diseases. When the WHO began its Expanded Program on Immunization in 1974, only five percent of the world's children were being immunized against killer diseases, such as diphtheria, measles, and pertussis. Forty years later, more than 80 percent are receiving life-saving vaccinations. "

10) "Invisible Threat Filmmaker Discusses Journalistic Integrity "
Shot of Prevention
April 23, 2014

"This guest post was written by Camille Posard, the student filmmaker who wrote Invisible Threat. Camille has since graduated from Carlsbad High School, where she was involved in the making of this film and is currently a student at UCLA. In all honesty I wasn't very interested in making a science film about the immune system, until I personally discovered the false information that floods the internet and the subsequent firestorms created when the word 'vaccine' is used. Almost three years ago an article in our tiny local newspaper mentioned our broadcast journalism club, Carlsbad High School TV (CHSTV) Films, was going to make a video clip about the immune system including how vaccines work. We hadn't even started filming, yet the blogs prompted hundreds of ugly comments and calls. Yes, the anti-vaccine bloggers were harshly criticizing high school students doing an after school project sponsored by an unrestricted local Rotary grant. "

11) "One Day, on the Way to the Army "
PKIDs Blog
April 23, 2014

"Today is World Meningitis Day, and the start of World Immunization Week. Are you young and healthy? Stay that way! It's Your Choice, so choose to get immunized and get on with what life has in store for you. Abby Blanco-Wold was a young woman on her way to the Army when she was attacked by meningitis. This is Abby's story, as written by her. "

12) "Princeton researcher to study effect of meningitis vaccine following outbreak "
Vaccine News Daily
April 23, 2014

"A researcher at Princeton University said on Friday that subjects are needed to study the impact of the meningitis B vaccine that was offered on campus during the recent meningitis outbreak. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Associate Research Scholar Nicole Basta said Princeton students offer a unique opportunity to learn more about the disease and vaccine. 'The use of the meningitis B vaccine at Princeton provides an unprecedented opportunity to evaluate its impact,' Basta said. 'The more we can learn about the vaccination in the context of Princeton's outbreak, the better prepared we'd be in the future to prevent and control meningococcal serogroup B outbreaks throughout the world.' "