Monthly Archives: August 2010

While looking for examples of how scientists in the vaccination debate communicate statistical data I found an interesting article examining the position of the American Chiropractors Association (ACA). While the ACA may not be a truly scientific society they would certainly … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s a numbers game

Other areas that external elements to the vaccination debate focus on are the apparent lack of testing of vaccines and the apparent link of vaccination to both immediate and long adverse side effects. Conditions from headaches and fever to autism, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Similar external elements to this controversy such as the AVN exist in the US and other areas of the developed world and although they all proclaim  not to be anti-vaccination, merely wanting to supply the public with ALL the information so … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Can the framework described by Joseph Gusfield be applied to this element of the vaccination controversy?  Gusfield states that it is a set of moral orders that determines how a group may act to preserve, defend and enhance its standing … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Lets introduce the AVN

So, do these anti-vaccination groups still exist today? Absolutely! In Australia, probably the most active lobby group is the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN). The AVN was formed in 1994 and at that time was called the Vaccine Awareness Network. It is … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Anti-vaccination groups dominate

In Britain, community backlash to compulsory vaccination was almost immediate following the implementation of The Vaccination Act. They viewed this government directive as a personal assault by the ruling class on working class Britain. Communities at this time valued their … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s an old fight

When I first came up with the idea of blogging about vaccination as an area of scientific controversy I perceived it to be a relatively recent occurrence. Not so, vaccination has been part of medical history since 1796 when Edward … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment