Diplomatic Immunity

A PhD By Stealth (BS) – What are University of Wollongong thinking?

Helen Petousis Harris Jan 14, 2016

Wollongong University has accepted a Doctoral thesis so fatally flawed even an arrested Koala could spot the shortcomings. The offending work is entitled “A critical analysis of the Australian government’s rationale for its vaccination policy” and well established antivaxer Judy Wilyman was recently accepted as fulfilling the requirements for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Read More

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HPV “vaccination syndrome” – latest investigation

Helen Petousis Harris Nov 06, 2015

Following on from extensive hysteria and bad press in many countries, including Denmark and Japan, the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) investigated the issue that’s been dubbed “HPV vaccination syndrome”. They have concluded that scientific evidence DOES NOT support that HPV vaccines cause complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) or Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) … Read More

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HPV vaccination syndrome. A questionnaire based ‘study’. Lack of any evidence. Pt 2.

Helen Petousis Harris Sep 24, 2015

Continued from HPV vaccination syndrome: Surely extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Pt 1. The questionnaire based ‘study’ is even worse than the hypothesis. Following on from yesterday’s blog about “HPV vaccination syndrome” I want to address a few issues about the accompanying report “HPV vaccination syndrome. A questionnaire-based study.” First, the introductory text is identical … Read More

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HPV vaccination syndrome: Surely extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Pt 1.

Helen Petousis Harris Sep 23, 2015

I really do think that the latest proposed “HPV vaccination syndrome” is an extraordinary claim that requires some evidence proportionate to its absurdity. Actually some evidence would be a start. However a piece in the journal Clinical Rheumatology appears to have escaped what normally passes as scientific peer review and got received, revised and accepted in less than … Read More

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HPV vaccine Gardasil – seriously good data reinforce its safety

Helen Petousis Harris Aug 29, 2015

The quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine called Gardasil is putting on a bloody good show and NO, it doesn’t cause THAT! Despite strong evidence demonstrating effectiveness against a range of cancers and genital warts and robust data supporting its safety a bunch of silly rumours threaten to derail efforts to get our young women vaccinated. By the way boys should also … Read More

Aussie ‘no jab, no pay’ unlikely to make disease go away.

Helen Petousis Harris Apr 15, 2015

The Australian proposal to remove financial benefits from families who fail to immunise their children seems like a politically motivated point-scoring move based on emotive lobbying by media, namely the Sunday Telegraph.  It would appear to have arisen from the outcry about anti-vaccination parents putting others at risk following the deaths of two infants too young to be vaccinated. Read More

Tenpenny’s vaccine advice is worth ten a penny and is certainly a dime a dozen

Helen Petousis Harris Jan 08, 2015

Sherri Tenpenny is an American anti-vaccination protagonist causing some disturbance across the ditch, and somehow this issue has crawled into the NZ Herald.  Australian lobby group Stop the Australian Anti Vaccination Network would like to see Sherri’s visa declined so that she may not spread her gospel in their country (The AntiAVN exist to hold the … Read More

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What do chickens astronauts and St Anthony’s Fire have in common? Varicella policy at odds with science

Helen Petousis Harris Dec 18, 2014

Angelina Jolie has come down with chickenpox, missing the Premier of Unbroken I have just listened to an excellent series of interviews on Radio NZ about the chickenpox (varicella) vaccine. NZ does not fund this vaccine for all children although over the years the various incarnations of the technical advisory group to the Ministry of … Read More

NZ Immuniation Conference 2015 – The Rock and Roll of Infectious Diseases

Helen Petousis Harris Dec 12, 2014

What do Foot Twitch, Glowing Toes, Prosthetic Foot , Toe Jam Brothers, Moldy Toe and Toe Nail Fungus have in common? (Answer. They are all little known rock bands we have rejected as acts for our conference dinner) However, in all seriousness, a few of us have been considering suitable acts for our conference dinner (NZ Immunisation Conference 2015, webpage … Read More

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