Tagged: Vaccine

Immunisation, then and now - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 04, 2010

As should be obvious to regular sciblogs readers, this is Vaccine Awareness Week. Rather than focus on anti-vaccine views, I’d like to present a few links with commentary as some sort of starting point to encourage reading about vaccines, mainly focusing on the origins of the idea of vaccination and a very brief conceptual outline of the basis of … Read More

’I’m not a Scientist but …’; Dissection of an antivaxxer’s argument - Guest Work

Guest Author Nov 03, 2010

By Michael Edmonds When Darcy at Sciblogs mentioned that it was Vaccine Awareness Week and that some posts on vaccines would be helpful I wasn’t quite sure if I could contribute as my background is chemistry not immunology. However, given the amount of mis-information around about what goes into vaccines I thought perhaps I could … Read More

A Side Benefit of the ‘Flu Vaccine — Reduction in Heart Attacks - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Nov 03, 2010

It’s a bold claim, that being vaccinated for Influenza will protect you against having a heart attack or Myocardial Infarction (MI). Well according to a study published last month in the Canadian Medical Association Journal that could well be the case. The study, “Influenza vaccination, pneumococcal vaccination and risk of acute myocardial infarction: matched case–control [...] … Read More

Anti-Vaccination In NZ - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Nov 01, 2010

As promised here’s my first entry for “Vaccine Awareness Week”, I thought I would take a little look at Anti-vaccination in New Zealand. In particular the  Immunisation Awareness Society. This organisation has set itself up as pro-choice on the subject of vaccination but this is essentially a thin smokescreen for their anti-vaccination views. Here, rather [...] … Read More

Who if anyone got to the WHO? - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jun 04, 2010

Did scientists with links to “big pharma” fuel fear about pandemics at the World Health Organisation resulting in a massive spend-up on antiviral drugs? UPDATE: BMJ coverage now online here. It sounds like a conspiracy theory the anti-vax movement would dream up, but according to a joint investigation between the British Medical Journal and The Bureau … Read More

Sources for medical information for non-medics and non-scientists - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Mar 18, 2010

A recent up-swing locally in credulous claims about vaccines and the diseases they address has prompted me to list a small number of resources that I have found to have readable explanations of medical information for non-medics and non-scientists. My lists are not complete or ’definitive’, nor do I claim to be some authority on things … Read More

Medical DIY… - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Mar 18, 2010

You know how the classic scene goes. Naïve ambitious husband describes his Do-It-Yourself plans… and ‘skills.’ Wife stands there, wordless, with ever-widening eyes forecasting a disaster. (Source: Wikipedia.) That’s how precisely researchers and medics feel watching non-medics and non-scientists determined to ’do it their way’ on things that affect others’ lives. Sure, a few will … Read More

Inaccurate reporting of scientific evidence perpetuates myths - Guest Work

Aimee Whitcroft Mar 15, 2010

A guest post from the Immunisation Advisory Centre, following recent reports in the press questioning the safety of the Gardasil vaccine. Recently we have seen more examples of vaccine safety surveillance data being misinterpreted by both members of the public and the media.  This misinterpretation of adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) data can perpetuate fear and confusion … Read More