Diplomatic Immunity

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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Amazing new cure for Ebola

Helen Petousis Harris Oct 06, 2014

  Stop press! Thai scientists claim to have a treatment against ebola that is more effective that any other treatment! Is this possible? “Researchers at Siriraj Hospital claimed that the new antibody is “more effective” than those that now exist.” This is an astounding claim, especially as they haven’t actually tested it in animals or humans. What is … Read More

Kelly Brogan denies germ theory and the value of HIV drugs

Helen Petousis Harris Sep 23, 2014

HIV causes AIDS and modern antiretroviral drugs extend quality of life and reduce AIDS related mortality. Kelly Brogan MD does not believe that HIV is the cause of AIDS because it does not satisfy Koch’s Postulates of infectious disease according to her website.* These postulates are four criteria refined and published in 1890 by a chap called Robert … Read More

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Immunisation coverage – can we fix it? Yes we can! Yes we did!

Helen Petousis Harris Nov 14, 2013

I think a celebration is about due. Today the Minister of Health has announced that NZ has had an unprecedented increase in the uptake of immunisation in its children.  Not only that, we have closed the traditional longstanding   inequity gaps in delivering immunisation in our children – now two year old Maori, Pacific and European children and children … Read More

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Stephanie Messenger – messages of misinformation

Helen Petousis Harris Oct 17, 2013

Apparently one of Australia’s anti-vaccination lobbyists is visiting NZ and doing tours around some of the local hotspots of like-minded people. This includes areas with pockets of the lowest immunisation rates in the country. For those who are not familiar with Stephanie’s work, she co-authored a book with Meryl Dory (Of the Australian Vaccine Network fame) where they … Read More

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Holistic Doula and the measles model

Helen Petousis Harris Aug 29, 2013

For those like me who didn’t already know, a Doula is someone supports a woman and her family during pregnancy, childbirth and beyond. It is not medical role but rather provides emotional and practical support. Now someone called the Holistic Doula has developed her own model to show how natural exposure to an infection leads to immunity in the community … Read More

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