Today’s Infectious Disease News (2/26/19)

Content Creators Mistakenly Allowed to Profit Off Anti-Vaccine Videos

YouTube announced it is taking a vigilant approach to enforcing its policy against “harmful and dangerous” content after advertisements were accidentally allowed to play alongside anti-vaccination videos. The popular online video platform said that it enforces “these policies vigorously, and if we find a video that violates them we immediately take action and remove the ads”. Facebook has also said recently that is “has taken steps to reduce the distribution of health-related misinformation on Facebook” but said they know “we know we have more to do. The company says it is collaborating with experts “on additional changes” that will be announced in the near future. 

Full Story: USA Today


Washington State Moves Closer to Eliminating Non-Medical Vaccine Exemptions

In the midst of an outbreak that has infected 65 people in Washington, the state’s senate advanced a bill that would eliminate personal and philosophical vaccine exemptions for school-aged children. Despite the worldwide resurgence of measles and the lack of evidence that vaccines cause autism and sudden infant baby death syndrome, many anti-vaccine advocates continue to claim vaccines do more harm than good. State-level data shows that 4% of students in enrolled in secondary school use non-medical exemptions.

Full Story: Associated Press