It’s based on a misreading of a paper that found a different bacteria in the upper respiratory tract of vaccinated mice.
A 2014 study has been repeatedly used to falsely claim that nasal flu vaccines can cause strep A infections.
In a Facebook video, Chris Preddie made a number of inaccurate claims about the Covid-19 vaccines.
A Facebook post claims something’s been added to the nasal flu mist to make children sick. This is false.
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.
SciCheck Digest Several European countries have reported an early spike of group A strep infections, mostly among children, including cases of rare but deadly bacterial infections. There is no evidence the increase is being caused by nasal spray fl
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.
A 2014 study has been widely shared as alleged proof nasal flu vaccines are linked to strep A infections.
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.
VigiAccess did not list strep as one of the active ingredients in FluMist. Weakened influenza virus strains in FluMist help fight the virus.
Strep A can be deadly depending on which disease it causes, but there is no evidence that it is being used to cover up deaths from COVID-19 vaccine
There is no conclusive data to show that lockdowns are responsible for increased Strep A infections in children.
Nasal sprays for the flu are safe to administer to children and are not connected to strep. The claim stems from an anti-vaccine narrative.
There’s no evidence that nasal flu vaccinations are driving increased cases of strep A infections, despite widespread claims on social media.
On March 3 2019, a Canadian Facebook user shared a “public service announcement” about a purportedly bizarre and new strain of streptococcus aureus going around (post archived here.) The poster referenced a second post of hers (archived h
Invasive group A streptococcus (iGAS) infections are definitely not new.
REVIEW The claim that no childhood vaccine has ever been tested against a placebo in a double-blind, randomized trial commonly crops up in anti-vaccine content. One example of this claim can be seen in this Instagram post. Prominent figures in the
Do recommended childhood vaccinations increase the risk of ear infections in those they're intended to protect? No, that's not true: Infectious disease experts told Lead Stories that vaccinations, such as those for diseases like influenza
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In attempting to reassure New Yorkers wary of COVID-19, the head of the state’s department of health ignored the virus’ long-term effects in August 2023. “If we get COVID, it’s a treatable disease,” Dr. Jim McDonald said i
SciCheck Digest Studies have found the rate of autism is the same in vaccinated and unvaccinated children. But the false claim that vaccines are associated with the disorder persists. A prominent spreader of COVID-19 misinformation&n
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Does pressure application on a particular point in the wrist area help relieve a sore throat? No, that's not true: No credible sources suggest there is any connection between this type of self-massage and expedited recovery from a sore th
A social media post claims that symptoms of strep A infections can be treated with homeopathic remedies alone.
On September 28 2022, an Imgur screenshot of a contemporaneous tweet claimed that a youth coordinator for right-wing campus activist group Turning Point USA, Adam Hageman, was sentenced to 66 months in prison in connection with a “child pornograp
Is the comparison between testing new food items one by one on babies to determine an allergic reaction versus babies being able to safely handle "8 different antigens," presumably in a vaccine, valid? No, that's not true: Dr. James Cherr
Does eating cashews kill bacteria? No, that's not true: Scientific research suggests that there isn't enough anacardic acid in the cashew itself to kill bacteria or provide any therapeutic value. But, discarded cashew shells could possibl
SciCheck Digest Social media posts are misrepresenting an old photo from France by suggesting the sea of people in the streets shows “[p]eople are waking up against vaccine tyranny.” The photo actually shows a celebration in Paris after Fra
Did the Alabama Power Company issue a press release warning boaters and swimmers to stay out of the company's Lewis Smith Lake because flesh-eating bacteria is present? No, that's not true: The Alabama Power Company released a statement d
Must public health agencies discontinue COVID-19 vaccinations for people under age 30 because federal authorities "acknowledge" heart risks to young people? No, that's not true. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has not
REVIEW In March 2021, a series of Facebook posts (see examples here, here, and here) discussing what viruses are and if viruses and bacteria can cause diseases were posted by chiropractor Melissa Sell. The posts made a number of inaccurate and misle
Q: Does vitamin D help protect against COVID-19? A: Some scientists have hypothesized vitamin D might be helpful, but there is no direct evidence that vitamin D can prevent COVID-19 or lessen disease severity. Nevertheless, it should be part of a healt
Quick Take False information that claims COVID-19 is caused by a bacteria and can be easily treated started spreading by text message, and is now viral on social media. Actually, COVID-19 is caused by a virus and there is no treatment for it. Full Stor
Q: Does ibuprofen make COVID-19 worse? A: There is no evidence that ibuprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can make COVID-19 cases more severe. You should consult your doctor before changing medications. FULL QUESTION Is it true tha
In a transcript dated February 24 2020, radio personality Rush Limbaugh claimed that novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is no more dangerous than “the common cold,” adding that he believed that concern over the new strain of disease was simply p
Late on February 6 or early February 7 2020, Facebook user “Angelika Greg-Delany” shared a purportedly true account to the group #WalkAway Campaign — purportedly first about her encounter with a Russia-bashing “Bernie Sanders s
Did a two-year-old boy lose his arms and legs because of septic shock caused by vaccines? No, that's not true: the photo being associated with anti-vaccination posts on social media is really of Jeremiah Cox, who developed a severe bacterial i
Quick Take Viral Facebook posts falsely claim that President Donald Trump “stole” charitable donations meant for veterans. A court ruled Trump illegally used his foundation for political purposes when it held a fundraiser for veterans, but
On January 30 2019, this meme (archived here) appeared on Facebook, containing a claim (without sources or citations) that migrants in a caravan carried a frightening ailment known as “derma chronic autoimmune disease.” The post featured