Tag Archive for vaccine

Confirmed: Death of girl IS NOT vaccine-related

The medical examiner says that the HPV vaccine she was administered was safe and not the cause of her death that same day. Instead, it appears she suffered an overdose of antihistamines. Medical examiner: Girl’s death not caused by HPV vaccination A much-touted vaccine given to teens and preteens to prevent cancers caused by a…

Colombia town reports mystery illness in 200 girls but psychogenic illness suspected

This is what looks to be a textbook case of mass psychogenic illness (crudely known as “mass hysteria”). It is extremely common in schools, the symptoms are vague and non-life threatening and can be psychogenic. The cause is always suspected to be an environmental or medical factor. In this case, the fear of the moment is…

Ebola outbreak out of control and misinformation helps it spread

The Ebola outbreak is putting plenty of people on edge and creating problems. Now we have faith healers saying they are treating it. GREAT! THIS IS ALL WE NEED! Nigerian official warns pastors and healers to stop making false Ebola-cure claims. African governments are doubling down on efforts to contain the widening Ebola outbreak in…

You may wish to avoid Wisconsin hospitals

When health care workers avoid logical preventative health care, they picked the wrong profession. Flu shot or fired? Bill prohibits vaccine mandates at work. The state committee on health heard arguments from both sides of a bill that would prevent a boss from requiring workers to get a flu shot. Rep. Jeremy Theisfeldt wrote Assembly…

Measles on the move – an epidemic in Wales

In a followup to a story back in April of this year about an epidemic in Wales, news has not gotten better. There are STILL too many children not vaccinated. Measles cases soar in epidemic area « This Is Jersey. Health chiefs in Wales warned last month that a renewed flare-up of the virus could…

Japan pulling back recommendation of the HPV vaccine

This is NOT good. Health ministry withdraws recommendation for cervical cancer vaccine The health ministry decided June 14 to withdraw its recommendation for a vaccination to protect girls against cervical cancer after hundreds complained about possible side effects, including long-term pain and numbness. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is not suspending the use…

Legacy of mistrust over MMR vaccine may be ending in U.K.

This story suggests an interesting turnabout where a spectacular medical success fostered conditions for the emergence of skepticism. Wales measles: Parents ‘overcome MMR mistrust legacy’ Take-up for the MMR vaccine in the area dropped significantly in the late 1990s when research – which has since been discredited – raised concerns over the jab. Saturday has…

Parents regret not vaccinating the son after illness

Son’s ordeal was our fault, say parents. A boy who almost died of tetanus before Christmas is home and on the mend, but his parents are desperate for others to vaccinate their children after they did not. Auckland couple Ian and Linda Williams thought they had made an informed decision against immunising their three children…

Volunteer administering polio drops killed in Pakistan

Gunmen kill polio vaccinator in Pakistan | News.com.au. UNKNOWN gunmen have killed a polio vaccinator in Pakistan’s restive southwestern province of Baluchistan, highlighting resistance to the country’s immunisation campaign, officials say. The shooting happened in the Killi Jeo area of provincial capital Quetta a day after a three-day campaign kicked off across the country, senior…

A ridiculous excuse for NOT getting vaccinated is now even more ridiculous

HPV Vaccine Does Not Alter Sexual Behavior, Study Finds – NYTimes.com. Since public health officials began recommending in 2006 that young women be routinely vaccinated against HPV, many parents have hesitated over fears that doing so might give their children license to have sex. But research published on Monday in the journal Pediatrics may help…

Grant awarded to monitor anti-vax efforts sparks paranoia for vaccine questioner

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funds a grant program called “Grand Challenges in Global Health”. The program seeks out and rewards “not only established researchers in science and technology, but also young investigators, entrepreneurs and innovators to help expand the pipeline of ideas to fight diseases that claim millions of lives each year.” Grand…

Is the pertussis vaccine not effective enough?

Is Childhood Pertussis Vaccine Less Effective Than We Thought? Delicately and cautiously, health authorities in the United States and other countries are beginning to open up a difficult topic: Whether the extraordinary ongoing epidemic of whooping cough, the worst in more than 50 years, may be due in part to unexpected poor performance by the…

The Wakefield effect: vaccination rates still declining

Vaccinations of US children declined after publication of now-refuted autism risk. New University of Cincinnati research has found that fewer parents in the United States vaccinated their children in the wake of concerns about a purported link (now widely discredited) between the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine and autism. Interestingly, in the aftermath of the…

Allergy vaccine a reality?

Allergy no more: Finnish scientists discover magic vaccine. A group of scientists from Finland claims to be close to a vaccine which can prevent any kind of allergy, and change the lives of millions all over the world. Professor Juhu Rouvinen and his colleagues from the University of Eastern Finland say they discovered immunoglobulin binding…

John Walker-Smith appeals against GMC ruling associated with Wakefield

Doctor struck off over MMR controversy appeals against ruling One of the doctors struck off over the MMR jab controversy has asked the high court to rule that his treatment was “unfair and unjust”. Prof John Walker-Smith is appealing against the General Medical Council’s (GMC) determination that he was guilty of serious professional misconduct. In…