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Vaccine scaremongering in The Mail? Surely not?

September 28, 2009

The Daily Mail has form when it comes to unfounded scaremongering over medical vaccinations, especially those reccomended by the stasi government. So you may forgive me when I read this on the BBC, immediately thinking ‘I bet the Mail are having a field day on this story’.

And I wasn’t entirely wrong either. The Daily Mail isn’t exactly going out of its way to let it’s readers know that:

the exact cause of death is unknown

as the BBC points out in the first sentence of its report. In fact it takes the Mail a whopping 9 paragraphs to quote Dr Caron Grainger, of the NHS trust involved, who points out that:

No link can be made between the death and the vaccine until the facts are known and a post-mortem takes place.’

And their own reporter never states this as fact. As you can imagine, the commenters don’t need to wait for the post-mortem results, they are already crystal clear what caused the tragic death of the 13-year-old girl:

Of course at this point, I feel I should point out that the cause of death may well have been due to side-effects encountered because of the HPV vaccine, but it would be irresponsible to imply this to sell newspapers when there is currently no evidence to back it up. As I’m sure the Daily Mail is aware.

I will update as the story develops, although I think we can rest assured that the headline of the Daily Mail tommorrow will be responsible and not in any way try to imply that the HPV vaccine was the cause of death without any evidence to back it up.

EDIT (30/9): Don’t say I didn’t warn you:


The Enemies of Reason have the rest of the follow up…

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