Here’s the Phil Plait piece I referred to on KTRS/St. Louis today about whooping cough — a disease easily preventable through vaccination — which has made a comeback in California to the point where that state’s board of health just classified it as an “epidemic.” Some of the blame for this has to be laid at the feet of anti-vaxxers like Andrew Wakefield (who incorrectly linked vaccines with autism in bogus research which has since been debunked, as I discussed with Dr. Art Caplan earlier this year) and Jenny McCarthy (the pseudo-actress Phil railed against with me last year).