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Nov 18, 2017

Show 1991 Anti-Vaccine Arguments Debunked

This ACU show consists of 5 YouTube videos on the subject.

How do vaccines work?

View full lesson: The first ever vaccine was created when Edward Jenner, an English physician and scientist, successfully injected small amounts of a cowpox virus into a young boy to protect him from the related (and deadly) smallpox virus. But how does this seemingly counterintuitive process work? Kelwalin Dhanasarnsombut details the science behind vaccines. Lesson by Kelwalin Dhanasarnsombut, animation by Cinematic.


Vaccination: A Story of Risk & Community | Dr. Lindsay Levkoff Diamond |

Herd immunity works for vaccinations as it does Facebook share fact checking. Dr. Lindsay Diamond discusses the risk about the vaccination choice that parents face. What is risk and what does community do to our choices? Lindsay Diamond, Ph.D. is a recovering molecular biologist who, despite turning in her badge and pipette gun, has a passion for making science accessible and approachable. This fervor carries over into her post-research life as the Director of Education at SparkFun Electronics, where her team designs curricula and travels the country providing professional development to educators looking to introduce science, technology and the maker movement to their students. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


Why Parents Fear Vaccines | Tara Haelle | TEDxOslo

Tara Haelle will focus on vaccine hesitancy and vaccine refusal. This is a global health threat that lurks unnoticed until it erupts into unpredictable disease outbreaks that are difficult to contain. She explains what underlies the fear and hesitancy that many people have toward vaccines, why it's not as irrational as some believe, and what's necessary to address it.

Tara Haelle is a freelance science and multimedia journalist who writes regularly at Forbes, NPR, Scientific American, Slate, Medscape, and other U.S.-based publications. She co-wrote “The Informed Parent: A Science-Based Guide to the First Four Years” with science journalist Emily Willingham, and she blogs about science and parenting at Red Wine & Applesauce. She holds a master's in photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin and has published her images in several publications.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


The Science of Anti-Vaccination

Fewer children in the United States are getting vaccinated. That’s bad news for those kids, and also for public health in general. Often, the response is to argue and debate and get angry at people who are we see as making terrible, irrational decisions. Instead of doing that, let’s use science to understand why this is happening in the first place.

Hosted by: Hank Green


Top 10 Anti-Vaccine Arguments Debunked

In this video we respond to ten of the most common anti-vaccine arguments we see on the internet and in everyday life. The arguments covered are... - Vaccines are ineffective. - Death rates declined well before the vaccine was released. - There are no independent studies supporting vaccines. - If vaccines are effective then people shouldn't be concerned about unvaccinated children in schools. - Pharmaceutical companies don't care about the efficacy of vaccines, they only care about money. - Vaccines cause autism. - Vaccines contain dangerous (untested) chemicals. - Vaccines cause more harm than good. - Vaccine preventable diseases are no longer a risk in my country, so why should I vaccinate? - My friends child got vaccinated and then X happened. Reference list -Institute of Vaccine Safety (Vaccine database) -The Vaccine Page (Vaccine database) -Centrewatch (Medical/drug database) -Immunisation Coalition (information database) -Influenza Specialist Group (Influenza discussion papers) -Medscape (Measles, medical practice essentials) (Vaccine effectiveness) -Vaccine Immunology Chp2 (How vaccines work) -World Health Organisation (Vaccine effectiveness and mortality) -Measles epidemiology (Decline in death rates prior to vaccine) - -World Health Organisation (Measles fact sheet) -Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DTaP information) -Vermont Department of Health (Whooping cough fact sheet) -Skeptical Raptor (Big-Pharma profits, article) -PubMed (Measles treatment costing) -US Food & Drug Administration (Thimerosal in vaccines) -Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Measles transmission) -Science Daily (MMR vaccine information) -CentersforDiseaseControl&Prevention(Thimerosal &vaccine safety) -US Food & Drug Safety Association (Formaldehyde vaccine safety) -Science Based Medicine (Vaccine effectiveness article) -World Health Organisation (Positive impact of vaccines, world) -American Academy of Paediatrics (Vaccine safety) -ABC Science (Debunked, vaccines & autism, News article) (How vaccines work) -World Health Organisation (Misconceptions about immunisation) -Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (Disease mortality, pre/post vaccines) -Journal of Pediatrics (Vaccine components not linked to autism) -Trinity Student Medical Journal (MMR vaccine comparative complications) -Clinical Infectious Disease (Vaccines and autism) -World Health Organisation (Vaccine complication rates) -National Center for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (Thimerosal)