This article (frozen here and available as a PDF here, for those who would prefer not to reward the Express by clicking the link to their website) has been written by Lucy Johnston and concerns an ingredient in the flu vaccine. Read the rest of this entry »
As I write, the Daily Mail’s online Health section has no fewer than three links to recent articles on flu, swine flu, and vaccination. I thought it might be interesting to compare them to previous articles on the same subject. Read the rest of this entry »
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“.
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 »
Dr Crippen of http://nhsblogdoc.blogspot.com/ has written a piece for the Guardian on swine flu vaccination. I was unimpressed. Given that (a) I argued not so long ago that we should criticise those we like and/or respect as well as those we do not, and (b) I have generally agreed with the thrust of previous posts that Dr Crippen has written (for example, on MMR vaccines or Dr John Briffa’s views), I thought that now would be a good time to practice what I preach. Read the rest of this entry »
The Daily Mail were involved in scaremongering about the MMR vaccine, but later characterised parents who failed to vaccinate their children as morons and blamed Andrew Wakefield for starting the scare. At one point, the paper was publishing articles in England bashing the HPV vaccine while at the same time running a campaign in Ireland for the vaccine to be made available. They have also written articles scaremongering about hepatitis B vaccination and the vaccine for H1N1 (swine flu).
Here is an article on swine flu and vaccination written for The Times by guest contributor Dr Richard Halvorsen. Background: Halvorsen runs a clinic that offers single vaccines for measles and rubella (at a cost of £95 each), and he has also contributed to prolonging the media’s MMR hoax by writing pieces such as this one (an extract from his book “The Truth About Vaccines” in which he recommended that it may “be worth vaccinating against measles with a single vaccine”). Read the rest of this entry »