Vaccines

Fact checks addressing conspiracy theories and unreliable health advice relating to the coronavirus pandemic

24 January 2023

False claim persists that flu vaccine caused strep A in mice

It’s based on a misreading of a paper that found a different bacteria in the upper respiratory tract of vaccinated mice.

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False claim persists that flu vaccine caused strep A in mice
24 January 2023

Current flu vaccines don’t use mRNA technology

A post on Facebook wrongly suggests that mRNA technology used in two Covid-19 vaccines has also been used in the flu vaccine.

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Current flu vaccines don’t use mRNA technology
17 January 2023

Covid-19 vaccines are not being used to treat strep A or scarlet fever

In a Facebook video, Chris Preddie made a number of inaccurate claims about the Covid-19 vaccines.

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Covid-19 vaccines are not being used to treat strep A or scarlet fever
16 January 2023

Instagram post misrepresents study linking climate change and diseases

Research linking climate change to strokes, dementia and migraines is not a cover up for Covid-19 vaccine harms, as Instagram user claims.

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Instagram post misrepresents study linking climate change and diseases
13 January 2023

Excess deaths would be higher without Covid-19 vaccines

Dr Aseem Malhotra told the BBC that mRNA vaccines were “a likely contributing factor” to excess deaths in the UK. But the vaccines will have limited them, by preventing tens …

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Excess deaths would be higher without Covid-19 vaccines
12 January 2023

Andrew Bridgen wrong to call mRNA vaccines gene therapy

Gene therapy has a specific definition which does not include the mRNA vaccines.

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Andrew Bridgen wrong to call mRNA vaccines gene therapy
4 January 2023

Strep A deaths are not dangerous new strain caused by flu vaccines

A Facebook post makes false claims about strep A cases in the UK—the infection is not linked to the nasal flu vaccine, and current fatality rates are not unusual.

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Strep A deaths are not dangerous new strain caused by flu vaccines
22 December 2022

Nasal flu vaccines don’t contain ‘mice bred streptococcal bacteria’

A Facebook post claims that the nasal flu vaccine contains strep bacteria and aluminium, that Covid-19 tests cause cancer and masks cause deoxygenation. None of these are true.

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Nasal flu vaccines don’t contain ‘mice bred streptococcal bacteria’
20 December 2022

Instagram post wrongly links nasal flu vaccines to strep A outbreak

There’s no evidence that nasal flu vaccines are driving increased rates of strep A, and the timing of the outbreak doesn’t mean this is the case.

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Instagram post wrongly links nasal flu vaccines to strep A outbreak
15 December 2022

Andrew Bridgen's vaccine debate claims fact checked

The Conservative MP made a number of claims about vaccine safety and effectiveness—we’ve fact checked four of them.

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Andrew Bridgen's vaccine debate claims fact checked

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