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.
Collecting a pertussis specimen
We had a bit of confusion of pertussis collection this weekend, so I put together a brief overview on pertussis with focus on nasopharyngeal specimen collection for pertussis.
The New England Journal of Medicine publishes a perspective article on the antivaccinationist movement
This issue of the New England Journal of Medicine published a well written article on the antivaccinationist movement. This article was written after accusations of fraud were brought against Wakefield. 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.
This review was published in the Nov 18th, 2010 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. It does a great job detailing the vaccine production and some of the pitfalls in developing newer universal vaccines; influenza vaccines that do not require annual shots. It is a must read.