Vaccines don’t work: an “infographic,” debunked

LivingWhole.org is a personal blog with a Facebook page that boasts just over 16,000 likes.

Their bio says that “Living Whole is a site dedicated to teaching, encouraging, and empowering others to live, love, eat, serve, and raise their babes in unhindered, natural, and wholesome way.” They also have probably the best tagline I’ve seen in recent memory.

Uh, phrasing?

Recently I came across a post from LivingWhole.org where they shared pretty much the worst graphic they possibly could have come up with.  For those not bold enough to click on the link, the title of the “info”-graphic is “Vaccines Don’t Work Here are the facts.”  One can only assume they’re being quite liberal with their usage of the word “facts.”

The vaccines “info”-graphic itself is about 650×6800 pixels, making it hard to read and follow.  It’s huge. 

It also says that water is “inherently safe” and in the very. next. point. says that water isn’t safe.

The purpose of an infographic is to provide information in an easy-to-read, simple way.  I consider it part-meme, part-article.  It’s a good mixture of the two.  Memes are great for getting likes and shares on Facebook, while articles are great for engagements.  A good infographic can provide a balance between the two, providing information leading into conversation.  This “infographic” is just an article laid out in a graphic format. 

LivingWhole.org evidently does not know how to science, nevermind how to infographic.

The devil is in the details, I suppose.

Concern was raised on their Facebook page about the lack of sources on the graphic.  But those concerns were quickly dismissed by saying “They will discredit it regardless.” 

Really?  We don’t even read references and you couldn’t include them in the chart?

Skeptical Mama and I took a crack at this whole infographic thing. We were able to fit references into the chart.  In total, we fit 51 references on to this monstrosity of an infographic.

Once you try to understand science, science becomes significantly less scary.

Original graphic

(Full size fixed graphic here)

Edit: A couple members of the #ScienceEnthusiastArmy (Alma of The Mad Virologist and @WeeBeasties1975 on Twitter) pointed out that Rinderpest (an animal virus) was declared eradicated in June 2011 as well.

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