Diplomatic Immunity

Nordic Cochrane, the medical regulator and anti-vax hypocrisy

Helen Petousis Harris Jun 23, 2016

Last month members of the Nordic Cochrane posted a letter of complaint to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on their website. Does this mean that members of the Nordic Cochrane have uncovered previously undiscovered evidence about the HPV vaccine? No! The vaccine has an excellent safety profile and as of todays date the scientific community are unanimous about that fact. But … Read More

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NZ on the measles merry-go-round. Why?

Helen Petousis Harris May 27, 2016

It is raining and we are having another measles outbreak because a non-immune someone went overseas, picked up the most contagious virus known to infect man and brought it back home to the Waikato. They then spread it to others who were not immune to measles (generally unvaccinated). Controlling spread of measles takes enormous public health resources, every case must … Read More

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Whimsical witchcraft not immunisation

Helen Petousis Harris May 23, 2016

There is a measles outbreak in the Waikato and folks are presenting certificates of homeopathic prophylaxis against measles as proof of immunity, to avoid exclusion from school. It is frightening to think that the holder of the certificate below is under the impression they have protection against the listed epidemic diseases.   Certificate of immunity to infectious diseases Homeopathic … Read More

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Wilyman’s ‘thesis’ from a relativistic viewpoint?

Helen Petousis Harris Jan 15, 2016

“It’s rather like a sociologist who insists that jet aircraft remain aloft only because of a conspiracy between aeronautical engineers and greedy airlines. Perhaps Wollongong already has someone working on such a thesis.” (Editorial, The Australian) The antivax rant accepted as a PhD thesis by University of Wollongong is defended by the student’s supervisor Professor Brian Martin. Read More

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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