The 2013 influenza season is well underway with most of the United States reporting a greater than average volume at most hospitals. Many of those seeking medical attention are doing so with Influenza like symptoms. I have compiled a list of FAQs that have recently come up:
Myths of immunization
This lecture was presented at the recent fall nursing symposium. Depending on your connection it may take a few moments to load.
References and links
- Inflammation described by Celsus
- What is an antigen?
- Types of immunity
- Plague in the middle ages
- How India has defeated Polio, a BBC report
- Edward Jenner – the man who saved more lives than any other man
- Herd immunity
- Algorithm for immunizing persons with egg allergies
- Influenza vaccination in individuals with egg allergies
- Ileal-lymphoid nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis and pervasive developmental disorder in children, Lancet 1998- the original article by AJ Wakefield that started the controversy over vaccination in the late 1990s
- Wikipedia article on Andrew Wakefield
- My comments on Wakefield findings dated January 2011
- Article in The Telegraph reporting on the outbreak of Measles in Liverpool
- Risk of seizures after whole cell pertussis or Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccine
- Gates foundation and vaccination
This is a recording of the recent lecture that I gave on West Nile virus in July of 2012.
Would you believe that parents (who do not believe in vaccination) are sending infected lollipops in the mail to one another to infect their children?
Immunization programs do work. This report from the CDC outlines remarkable progress against the terrible disease of polio which would affect over 50,000 cases per year just 20 years ago is now on the verge or eradication. Sabin and Jenner would be proud.
Improved childhood vaccination is reducing the death rate of children in Mexico.
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I just found out that Dr Stuart Segal, a close colleague and local family physician has been blogging too. He blogs about issues related to health that come up in his day to day practice. Being a family physician he certainly sees a broader range of health issues in his practice than I do and frequently writes commentary on frontline issues. Continue reading
The British Medical Journal (BMJ) today published an article that went further than the previous position of merely retracting the article published by Wakefield in the Lancet by outright calling the article not just bad science but a deliberate fraud. Anyone who read the original article when it came out would have thought that it did not make sense then either. Yet the lay press ran with the article. Conspiracy theorist, most of whom probably did not read the article ran with the idea that we are poisoning our children.