Here and in other venues, we’ve written quite a bit about the tactics used in the anti-vaccination movement (or as I like to call it, the “infectious disease promotion movement (IDPM)”). Let’s examine some less subtle tactics.

The disease promoters are good—very good. Take this, for instance:

From a public health department:


An alternative suggested by disease-promoters:


It’s hard for the rational among us to compete with this garbage. We can talk until we’re blue in the face (no pun intended) about how SIDS and vaccines have nothing to do with each other, but once the propaganda machine gets revved up, the battle is lost.

Only by vigorous, continuous, and accessible education can we fight this kind of zealotry.