December 22, 2017: "Don't hesitate, vaccinate," says today's editorial in the Manawatu Standard. What it doesn't tell you is that the mumps component of the MMR vaccine is ineffective, and that most of the young adults contracting mumps are fully vaccinated. What it also doesn't tell you is that people of my generation all had mumps before puberty, when it is a trivial disease. We then acquired lifelong immunity.

October 18, 2017: "In fact as recently as the 1990s there was a huge dropoff in numbers of children being vaccinated. This was in large part due to some very poorly designed research carried out in the UK that postulated a link between the [MMR] vaccine and the development of the autism spectrum disorder. This research has since been completely discredited by scientists, and the author of the original report, Andrew Wakefield, has been struck off the medical register." — Dr Cathy Stephenson, in the Manawatu Standard, October 17, 2017.

This is factually incorrect. "Postulated" means "to suggest a theory, idea, etc. as a basic principle from which a further idea is formed or developed" (Cambridge Dictionary). The "report" is actually a case series, in which the stories of 12 children are told. As Wakefield says in Callous Disregard: "The Lancet paper does exactly what is required of a case series. It states immediately what the report sets out to do: no particular developmental disorder was stated, no particular features or timing of onset were required, no particular initial exposure was necessary, no specific outcome was predicted, and no causal association was claimed."


October 11, 2017: "The relatively new, safe and incredibly important Gardasil vaccine protects against nine strains of HPV, including those most likely to cause cervical cancer. The earlier you are vaccinated (ideally before you start having sex) the more protection you will get, and the lower your risk of developing cervical cancer later on. Gardasil is now free for boys, girls, men and women, up to 26 years of age, and people outside of this age range can choose to pay for it if they would like to be vaccinated." — Dr Cathy Stephenson, in the Manawatu Standard, October 10, 2017.

"...not only will the vaccine not work, but you increase your chances, by nearly 45 percent, of getting the very cancer you're trying to avoid if you've already been exposed to certain types of HPV!" —


Measles cartoon, Manawatu Standard, May 23, 2016

Measles cartoon

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