The anti-vaxers wanted this week to be a "Vaccine Awareness Week", so here it goes... a few good links to reinforce the importance of childhood vaccinations. Also, don't forget that getting booster shots later in life is equally important, as shown by a recent whooping cough outbreak in California: if you have a close contact with newborns (who are to young to get their pertussis shot), make sure you don't give them that nasty bug.
From the Science-Based Medicine blog:
What does “anti-vaccine” really mean?
Journal Club Debunks Anti-Vaccine Myths
Topic reference: Vaccines
The strange science and ethics of the anti-vaccine movement
and from our Northern neighbors:
The Faces of Vaccine (Un)awareness Week