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  • Die Another Day: The Mortality Gambit

    Anyone who has spent time interfacing with the anti-vaccine denizens of major social networks has likely come across an argument such as this: Usually this argument is accompanied by some version…

  • Statistics for deaths from measles in Samoa as of 12-4-19

    Learning from the Tragedy in Samoa

    In 1956, a team of social scientists led by Leon Festinger finished a book called When Prophecy Fails. Sixty years later, this book is still considered a classic in the field.…

  • Titer Andromedon

    “Why does my kid need a second dose of this vaccine? Can’t we just check his titers? What are titers anyway?” When we talk about titers, we are almost always talking…

  • Measles Update

    On Thursday, I spent a big part of my morning doing something I had hoped I would never have to do in my career. I put in place a set of…

  • Anatomy of an Anti-Vax Screed

    Every few months, we see another prominent anti-vaccine activist circulate a document that purports to be a scientific document proving that our current administration schedule is dangerous. Every time one of…