Tagged: Vaccine

A short history of vaccine objection, vaccine cults and conspiracy theories - Guest Work

Guest Work Jul 11, 2017

Ella Stewart-Peters, Flinders University and Catherine Kevin, Flinders University When we hear phrases like vaccine objection, vaccine refusal and anti-vaxxers, it’s easy to assume these are new labels used in today’s childhood vaccination debates. But there’s a long history of opposition to childhood vaccination, from when it was introduced in England in … Read More

HPV vaccine does not destroy fertility, it helps protect it - Diplomatic Immunity

Helen Petousis Harris Feb 14, 2017

As we enter a new year and school-based vaccination programmes get cracking the recycled crazy myths raise their ill-founded serpent heads again. This week it is the notion that Gardasil causes infertility by inducing Primary Ovarian Failure/insufficient (POF). It is popping up on social media – again. The fact is that Gardasil does not cause infertility. By infertility I refer to the … Read More

Why it’s time for a rethink on flu vaccination - Guest Work

Guest Work Nov 18, 2016

By Derek Gatherer, Lancaster University I recently had my annual flu shot. Along with all the others who’ve received it, I’ll be hoping that it does the job of preventing me catching flu this winter – or at least reducing the severity of the disease if I do get it. Most years, it works, but occasionally things … Read More

News of Zika vaccine might be reassuring, but it’s too late for Rio, and do we really need it anyway? - Guest Work

Guest Work Jul 08, 2016

By Lenore Manderson, University of the Witwatersrand Recently, two events concerning the Zika epidemic coincided: two potential vaccines against the virus were declared a success when used in mice, and Australian golfer Jason Day withdrew from the Olympic Games, purportedly because of his concern about the possibility of getting infected. The number of media reports of … 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

Whimsical witchcraft not immunisation - Diplomatic Immunity

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

Antibody injections could be stepping stone to HIV vaccine - Guest Work

Guest Work May 10, 2016

By Ivy Shih, The Conversation Imagine a seasonal jab of antibodies that could neutralise the HIV virus. Such an injection could prove to be next best alternative to an HIV vaccine, which has proven elusive to date. American and German researchers have demonstrated that by injecting macaques with neutralising antibodies, they successfully shielded the monkeys from HIV infection … Read More

Norovirus: culprit for gastroenteritis in NZ and worldwide - News

Erica Mather May 04, 2016

The widely reported gastroenteritis outbreak in NZ and Australia in 2013-14 has been traced to a single strain of norovirus that emerged in 2012 in Sydney. Norovirus is a ubiquitous virus found throughout low to high income countries. The virus is incredibly common, causing vomiting and diarrhea especially in young children from low income countries. Norovirus is responsible for … Read More

Wollongong University—feeble excuses for not naming Wilyman anti-vax thesis examiners - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Mar 14, 2016

Late last year Australia’s Wollongong University awarded a Ph.D. thesis for what could be described as a barely veiled anti-vaccine conspiracy. Wollongong University’s feeble excuse for not naming the examiners of Wilyman’s anti-vaccine thesis is laughable. Good for entertainment, though.* Ken McLeod alerted readers of Helen Petousis Harris’ blog that The Australian has reported that,** … Read More