European Immunization Week

April 25, 2011 at 5:38 pm (Anti-Vaccination) (, , , , , , , )

vaccinationFaites-vous vacciner. Lassen Sie sich impfen. Vacunate.

April 23rd-30th is European Immunization Week. As the WHO website points out, thirty countries in WHO’s European Region have reported a marked increase in measles cases. There have been 6,500 cases so far this year, with France accounting for almost 5,000 of these. Measles is, as I will never tire of telling people, a disease that should be taken very seriously indeed. The complications of measles include diarrhoea, convulsion, encephalitis, and death. (Seriously France, faites-vous vacciner.)

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Anti-vaccinationists: Competing Interests and Conspiracy Theories

April 13, 2011 at 6:49 pm (Anti-Vaccination) (, , , , , , , )

I’ve written before about the anti-vaccination lobbyists and their obsession with competing interests. John Stone’s big discovery was apparently that Dr Evan Harris’s father was once on a committee. Competing interests by proxy are hardly notable, but anti-vaxxers have sometimes failed harder than that in their conspiracy theorising. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daily Mail on MMR

April 11, 2011 at 8:32 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Media) (, , , )

Daily Mail MMRThe Daily Mail has published a new article on the MMR vaccine. The headline and first paragraph tell us that it has been claimed that “a nurse gave a toddler the MMR jab even though his mother refused her consent in order to meet government immunisation targets”.** Read the rest of this entry »

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Homeopathy for Cows

April 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm (Homeopathic Remedies, Homeopathy) (, , )

cowsMastitis in dairy cattle is potentially fatal. Treatment involves long-acting antibiotics (although antibiotics alone are not enough). Some homeopaths, though, believe that magic water (or sugar pills that have come into contact with magic water) can be used to treat mastitis. Homeopathy involves taking the purported ‘active ingredient’, diluting it (usually to the point where not a single molecule of the ‘active ingredient’ remains), and banging the container on, for example, a special wooden striking board covered in leather on one side and stuffed with horsehair (this is what the inventor of homeopathy used). Read the rest of this entry »

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