Vaccines

"Immunisation Week" – Day 4

Friday, April 26th, 2013

It’s day four of Immunisation Week, and so far the news has still been – thankfully – fairly quiet, with little new appearing in the media. The key story seems to be one from Reuters talking about the new deadly ‘flu strain in China sending shivers up WHO’s back, with headlines declaring there’s a chance […]


“Immunisation Week” – Day 2

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Immunisation Week Day Two – Measles, measles, everywhere… Day Two of World Immunisation Awareness Week sees another reasonably quiet day in the country’s media. The focus for today appears to be measles, thus today’s story will be a very brief overview of a few of the issues around it and a critique of what the […]


"Immunisation Week" – Day 1

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

It’s that time of year yet again, and it feels like just yesterday I was sitting down to write last year’s story on the ‘flu vaccine. Yes, the days are short, nights are long, storms are echoing through the skies, and err… International Immunisation Week is here again. Cue myriad scare-stories extolling the virtues of […]


The Polio Merry Go Round

Friday, January 25th, 2013

The amount of information on the Internet regarding Polio is never ending. There is so much contradictory information it could easily be labeled the cyberspace equivalent of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.According to the World Health Organization, as of 2012 wild polio is still occurring in 3 countries: Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. India also appeared […]


Are non-vaccinators intellectually superior?

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Are non-vaccinators intellectually superior…or do they simply have better motherly instincts? I do not believe non-vaccinators consider themselves intellectually superior. The fact that Shelley Bridgeman chose her provocative title “Non-vaccinators believe they’re intellectually superior” based on the comments of two people, are obviously purely for sensation. You can read her full article here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10859544 I […]


Informed Choice: More than just ‘yes’ or ‘no’

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

In December, a seven-year-old unvaccinated New Zealand boy contracted tetanus. In September, someone else did too. Although we didn’t hear a word about that: http://surv.esr.cri.nz/PDF_surveillance/MthSurvRpt/2012/201209SepRpt.pdf Might that case have been in a vaccinated person?  Why the fuss over the child of uninformed parents and not the case from September? The media has leapt on this […]


Big Billy Goats Gruff

Monday, January 14th, 2013

When I first heard one of the Immunisation Awareness Society’s (IAS) members talking about ‘trolls’ and ‘trolling,’ a vision of a dirty, pale green-coloured, wart-faced, long pointy-nosed monster hiding under a bridge came to mind. What I did not realise at the time was how true this vision was when it comes to an Internet […]


Is the Whooping Cough Vaccine a Failure?

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

Following on from the medieval war of words on measles……., lies, emotional blackmail, weasel words and chameleon science is also being purveyed in the whooping cough battle. Starting with the most obvious, is Vaccinet’s trumpeting headline about a Washington whooping cough outbreak recently that: “Anti-vaccine movement causes the worst whooping cough epidemic in 70 years.”  Meanwhile other provaccine sites […]


Autism and Vaccines: A Plausible Link?

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Part One: The Problem One of the hottest subjects in the everlasting debate around vaccinations is the question of whether or not vaccination has been – or will ever be – legitimately linked to Autistic Spectrum Disorder (autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and Pervasive Development Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified [PDD-NOS] – for the purpose of this […]


Whooping Cough Vaccine and Pregnancy

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

There is a new and extremely disturbing trend to give pregnant women vaccines. It is currently acceptable to take the Flu vaccine, and now the Boostrix (Dtap) vaccine is being recommended. This belief is slowly being spoonfed to the general public and soon it will be common practice to give vaccines routinely as part of […]