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- Overall, we rate Vaccine Impact a Quackery level pseudoscience website for the promotion of anti-vaccination propaganda.
Factual Reporting: LOW
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180 (2020)
Vaccine Impact is a news and information website that promotes pseudoscience such as anti-vaccination propaganda. According to their about page, Vaccine Impact is a part of the Health Impact News network. It is a sub-topic in their “Medicine Watch” category. Health Impact News is an alternative medicine, holistic, and nutrition website. They are published by Sophia Media and Brian Shilhavy is the Managing Editor. According to their about page they “cover stories that impact your health, but that the mainstream media seldom covers.”
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Funded by / Ownership
Vaccine Impact is owned by Health Impact News who does not specify ownership, however, Sophia Media is listed as the publisher. Revenue is derived from online advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Vaccine Impact publishes health-related news stories that they state are alternative. Our analysis concurs that they are certainly alternative to conventional science and medicine. They are fiercely anti-vaccine with articles such as this: Vaccine Awareness Week: Fighting the Vaccine Culture War and Opposing Mandatory Vaccines. They also promote misinformation regarding Covid-19 such as this California ER Physicians: Sheltering in Place Does More Harm than Good – Lowers Our Immune System. In general, this is an anti-vaccination website that is owned by the discredited Health Impact News.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate Vaccine Impact a Quackery level pseudoscience website for the promotion of anti-vaccination propaganda. (D. Van Zandt 5/02/2020)
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