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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 […]


Vaccine Deaths

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Let me make this very clear right off the bat: it is always a tragedy when a child dies. The cause of death makes no difference. Why do I mention this? Because I am seeing a very disturbing trend occurring more frequently among pro-vaccination groups – and that is the belief that it is okay […]


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 […]