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September 28, 2018
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The Flu Vaccine Causes Miscarriage
An article from the Australian National Review asserts that a new study concludes that women who received flu vaccines during pregnancy were seven times more likely to have a miscarriage. Despite the normally low impact of this publication and 2017 date in the study in question, the article is being shared widely now.

The fact: The study cited, looking at women who had flu vaccines two seasons in a row, states: "This study does not and cannot establish a causal relationship between repeated influenza vaccination and SAB." While the study signals an area for more study, it is important to note that many other studies have shown no association between vaccines and miscarriage. Also, influenza during pregnancy can be devastating.
Doctors Refuse Vaccines for Their Own Children
A Natural News article promoting an old conspiracy theory about doctors refusing to vaccinate their own children has gained attention. This time, the doctors in question are scientists working in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

The facts: The article is based on the tiniest grain of truth: Los Alamos schools have the highest rate of vaccine exemptions in the state. Of course, that rate is 2.3%, meaning that 97.7% of schoolchildren are immunized. And, of course, the majority of doctors do vaccinate their children. Parents want to hear from their children's doctors that they, too, vaccinate their own children.
HPV Vaccines Cause Infertility
Earlier this summer, a study claimed that women who had received the HPV vaccine were less likely to conceive a child than women who had not. The study is gaining more attention as proof that the HPV vaccine causes infertility in women.

The facts: Bloggers have raised concerns about the author's methodology, specifically about her omitting information about birth control. Much large-scale research on the effects of HPV vaccines on fertility issues have been done, and they show that the vaccine is not associated with ovarian failure, and may be associated with improved fertility for some women.
 
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