The summer issue of Juno Magazine explores, among other things, what they refer to as ‘the vaccine debate’. The exploration is conducted by a Devon doula named Claire Arnold, who solemnly informs us on the first page that an informed decision “can only be taken when one is in full possession of the facts surrounding the issue in question”, that media coverage, NHS guidelines and alternative advice can create confusion and anxiety around the subject, and that it is very difficult to find unbiased, factual information about vaccinations. Read the rest of this entry »
The Daily Mail have published an article about the HPV vaccine. You won’t be surprised to learn that the tone of the article is scaremongering – with the very real benefits of the vaccine downplayed and a focus on the hypothetical risks. Read the rest of this entry »
Guest blogpost from Peter Flegg, UK doctor.
Here, the Daily Mail publish an article on a proposal to inoculate children on a same day surgery visit [PDF of original article here]. The article has been amended since I first read it last night [PDF of this morning’s version here]. Read the rest of this entry »
Guest blog post from WH
The What Doctor’s Don’t Tell You website is up with a new scare story about MMR vaccine. The scare story itself has been debunked but let us take a look at the advantage that MMR vaccine provides by preventing measles and what will happen if the vaccine coverage decreases. Read the rest of this entry »
Here is a Youtube video telling the story of one infant who contracted pertussis: Carter’s Story.
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 »