Tagged: MMR

Mumps outbreak – add fire and watch it burn - Diplomatic Immunity

Helen Petousis Harris Sep 06, 2017

The inevitable mumps outbreak is upon us. Inescapable because we have a significant proportion of the community who are not immune, dry tinder to a flame. NZ has high immunisation coverage right? So why has this happened? Here is the story. Back in the early 1990’s NZ had a terrible measles epidemic and seven people died. Waking up … Read More

An open letter to the people of Whakatane (and the rest of Aotearoa New Zealand)* - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jul 02, 2017

As a parent, I know what it’s like to worry about whether you are doing the right thing for your child. When my daughter was born, I couldn’t quite believe that after just a few days in hospital we’d be going home in sole charge of a small infant. Didn’t they realise we were unqualified?! Aside from giving her a … Read More

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

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

A herbalist anti-vaxxer on Morning Report? I’d laugh if I weren’t so bloody furious. - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles May 17, 2016

After today’s interview with an anti-vaxxer, RNZ needs to do some serious soul-searching about its decision to give a platform to non-scientific nonsense.  As I write this my blood is boiling and I’m in a rage. There is a measles outbreak going on in the Waikato, with over 20 confirmed cases. It also looks like the virus has spread to … Read More

Wakefield has not been vindicated and the courts do not think MMR causes autism - Diplomatic Immunity

Helen Petousis Harris Aug 07, 2013

Bit of a buzz on anti-vaccination websites about apparent court rulings in favour of MMR/autism cases. An example is  from a website called “why don’t you try this?” which cites as a source Whiteout Press (“if its blacked out, covered up of censored you can find it here”)  which in turn cites The … Read More

The Wakefield-Autism BMJ editorial revisited - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 09, 2011

Fellow SciBlogger Grant Jacobs has written an excellent post on the BMJ’s recent editorial ‘Wakefield’s article linking MMR vaccine and autism was fraudulent’. I’d like to add a few points. I was recently told that the BMJ originally rejected Wakefield’s paper. I wonder if they sent it out for peer review? * If so, wouldn’t it be interesting … Read More

Wakefield autism studies slammed as fraud by BMJ - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 06, 2011

The editorial team at the British Medical Journal, better known as BMJ, have presented an editorial titled ‘Wakefield’s article linking MMR vaccine and autism was fraudulent’, writing that ‘Clear evidence of falsification of data should now close the door on this damaging vaccine scare’. Their editorial (open access) points to the ‘diligent scepticism of one … Read More

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