Tagged: Vaccine

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 Author 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

Zika virus updates - News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Feb 04, 2016

As more information comes in about Zika virus and its risks, we will continue to update this page with posts from our bloggers and guest work. New evidence supporting a link between Zika virus infection and microcephaly, Siouxsie Wiles, Infectious Thoughts. Zika: a potential new mozzie vector?, Siouxsie Wiles, Infectious Thoughts. Read More

Wilyman anti-vaccine thesis not in Wollongong thesis review - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 19, 2016

In further news on the Wilyman anti-vaccine PhD thesis saga, University of Wollongong says it will conduct a review of the processes in PhD theses. But! — apparently their review will exclude past and current theses, and thus exclude Wilyman’s theses that raised the need for the review. Let’s have a look at the announcement, some possible review questions and … Read More

Unsound vaccine thesis or how to review a PhD - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 14, 2016

How should PhD theses be reviewed to avoid a nonsense thesis? Especially if the work is between two disciplines. Today a PhD thesis that might be considered an extended anti-vaccine essay was brought to my attention. The red flags start popping up from the very first sentences of the abstract. I got as far as the second sentence and honestly … Read More

HPV “vaccination syndrome” – latest investigation - Diplomatic Immunity

Helen Petousis Harris Nov 06, 2015

Following on from extensive hysteria and bad press in many countries, including Denmark and Japan, the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) investigated the issue that’s been dubbed “HPV vaccination syndrome”. They have concluded that scientific evidence DOES NOT support that HPV vaccines cause complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) or Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) … Read More

HPV vaccination syndrome. A questionnaire based ‘study’. Lack of any evidence. Pt 2. - Diplomatic Immunity

Helen Petousis Harris Sep 24, 2015

Continued from HPV vaccination syndrome: Surely extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Pt 1. The questionnaire based ‘study’ is even worse than the hypothesis. Following on from yesterday’s blog about “HPV vaccination syndrome” I want to address a few issues about the accompanying report “HPV vaccination syndrome. A questionnaire-based study.” First, the introductory text is identical … Read More

HPV vaccine Gardasil – seriously good data reinforce its safety - Diplomatic Immunity

Helen Petousis Harris Aug 29, 2015

The quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine called Gardasil is putting on a bloody good show and NO, it doesn’t cause THAT! Despite strong evidence demonstrating effectiveness against a range of cancers and genital warts and robust data supporting its safety a bunch of silly rumours threaten to derail efforts to get our young women vaccinated. By the way boys should also … Read More