Tagged: immunisation

Lessons From History: Helping New Zealand Prepare for Future Influenza Pandemics - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Nov 29, 2013

Associate Professor Nick Wilson and Professor Michael Baker Flu pandemics are important but relatively rare so the lessons learned from such events may not be available when they are most needed. This is where historical research can help. Here we … Continue reading → … Read More

Immunisation coverage – can we fix it? Yes we can! Yes we did! - Diplomatic Immunity

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

New Zealanders – opportunity to learn how our immune systems work - Code for life

Grant Jacobs May 15, 2013

If you’re interested in immunisation, vaccines or viruses*—or all of these—here’s your chance to hear Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty speak on The Killer Defence to disease at Palmerston North, Auckland, Dunedin, Hastings and New Plymouth.** More details and the booking form (click the large blue ‘Register now’ button) are available on the Royal … Read More

More pseudo-scientific garbage from Tomljenovic and Shaw - Diplomatic Immunity

Helen Petousis Harris May 02, 2013

Persistent misuse of passively reported data – rat bags will always be rat bags but in the peer review and editorial process there is no excuse. The Annals of Medicine are the latest (vaguely respectable but not to be confused with The Annals of Internal Medicine) journal to publish the mischievous works of Lucija Tomljenovic and Christopher Shaw. Yet again the core tenet of the … Read More

End of the line for genital warts is close - Diplomatic Immunity

Helen Petousis Harris Apr 26, 2013

This week is World Immunisation Awareness week so it is obligatory to mention NZ have now achieved pretty good immunisation coverage of its infants and the gap between ethnic groups and rich and poor is all but shut. The good In December 2012 NZ European and Maori had 90%, Pacific 93% and Asian 95%. The gap between rich and poor … Read More

The Hypocrisy of the Immunisation "Awareness" Society - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Dec 20, 2012

Earlier this year, another sciblogger Darcy Cowan was successful in getting the tax exempt status of the Immunisation Awareness Society revoked based on the fact that they don’t fulfil the requirements of charity (see here). One of the things that bothered me about the IAS at the time is that although they claim on their website to “To debate vaccination issues … Read More

Anti-vaccination network told to change its name or be shut down - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 19, 2012

By Rachael Dunlop, University of Technology, Sydney The heated battle between Australia’s anti-vaccine lobby, the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN), and those fighting against its misinformation took a positive turn late last week, with the New South Wales Department of Fair Trading ordering the AVN to change its name or risk being shut down. The move follows … Read More

Incentives - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Mar 15, 2010

New Zealand is now contemplating using the same set of incentives to boost immunisation rates that Australia used to boost it’s rates from 50% to 91%. The MacDoctor is not convinced that New Zealanders will respond quite as well as Australians to the incentives. The incentives were: Cash payments to parents for completing immunisations at 6 [...] Related posts: … Read More

Ethical Jab? - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 27, 2009

I discovered this very interesting poll on Medscape today: What is interesting is that 17% of physicians who answered this survey think it is ethical to refuse to see a child whose parents have chosen not to vaccinate (this has remained stable at around 17% for the past 500 or so votes). I find this quite [...] Related posts: … Read More