The Independent: Flu Vaccine “Over-hyped”

November 21, 2012 at 10:03 pm (Anti-Vaccination) (, , , , )

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Here, the Independent have a story about the flu vaccine being over-hyped. It seems to me that the message from scientists is that (a) the vaccine is not as effective as was thought (b) this over-estimation means there has been less focus on the development of better vaccines against influenza and (c) the money spent on the annual flu vaccine campaign could have been better used elsewhere. Oh, and (d) the vaccine is “the best we have” and they support its use. I’m not sure that this message has been put across by the newspaper as well as it might have been. Read the rest of this entry »

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The News You Didn’t Read: Flu Vaccines And Guillain–Barré syndrome

March 28, 2011 at 5:30 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Media) (, , , )

Ben Goldacre recently asked why nobody wrote about this paper on flu vaccines and Guillain–Barré syndrome. I’ll come back to that question later, but first a look at the paper. Read the rest of this entry »

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Metro: Twitter To Blame For Vaccine Fears

December 20, 2010 at 4:20 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Media) (, , , , , , , , , , )

The Metro has published an article quoting Prof John Oxford as saying that Twitter is partly to blame for the low uptake of vaccines. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mail Article On Flu Vaccination

October 24, 2010 at 5:22 pm (Anti-Vaccination) (, , , , , , )

The Mail have published an article on the seasonal flu vaccine containing the H1N1 (swine flu) strain. The article eventually (right at the very end of the piece) gets round to telling us (via people who actually know what they’re talking about) that: “the consequences of flu are a greater risk than any risk posed by the vaccine itself” and “every year people die in this country from complications caused by getting flu; these are deaths that could be prevented“.

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Vaccines: Shiv Chopra And Joseph Mercola

January 11, 2010 at 2:40 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Dr Joseph Mercola) (, , , , , , , , )

Swine flu exists. Flu vaccines are protective against influenza. The benefits of vaccination against seasonal flu and swine flu probably outweigh the risks of vaccination. Every year many people suffer and die from seasonal influenza, particularly the elderly, children younger than age 2 and people with other medical conditions or weakened immune systems. These are just some of the things you might like to bear in mind as you read the following. Read the rest of this entry »

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