Vaccination Council: Misleading

July 30, 2012 at 11:47 am (Anti-Vaccination) (, , , , )

Vaccination is one of medicine’s great success stories, preventing deaths and serious ill health caused by infectious diseases – and almost always doing so without causing serious harm in the process. I will be discussing the lives saved and harm prevented by vaccination against diseases such as pertussis and measles in this post, but first a note on safety. As Rümke and Visser wrote: “During recent years a scala of diseases or symptoms have been associated with vaccination (presumed side effects). Careful and extensive investigations have shown that such hypotheses could not be supported. […] The total number of cases where at least a possible relation between side effects and vaccination is observed–apart from local reactions and moderate general symptoms–is very rare (about 0.25 per 1000 vaccinations) and does not balance the benefits from vaccination.” Not everyone accepts that vaccination is safe and effective. Sadly, some of these people mislead others into thinking that vaccination is less effective or more dangerous than it actually is. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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Vaccine Scares: Mistakes, Fraud, and Media Scaremongering

January 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Media) (, , , , , , , , , , )

The BMJ has published a strongly-worded editorial on Andrew Wakefield and his claims regarding the MMR vaccine. I was a little surprised to see that the headline ran “Wakefield’s article linking MMR vaccine and autism was fraudulent“. The use of this particular ‘f-word’ is quite rare in articles published in England, perhaps due to the nature of libel law in this country. Read the rest of this entry »

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Protect Yourself And Others: Get Vaccinated

October 11, 2010 at 7:20 pm (Anti-Vaccination) (, , , , , , , , , )

Here is a Youtube video telling the story of one infant who contracted pertussis: Carter’s Story.

Here is what happened when there was an ill-founded scare surrounding the pertussis vaccine in this country: Read the rest of this entry »

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A History of Anti-Vaccine Campaigns

July 27, 2010 at 2:01 pm (Anti-Vaccination) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Where to begin… well, I guess I’ll need to split this post up into sections. I’ll look at specific groups first, then move onto examples of vaccine scares. Read the rest of this entry »

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