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I was made aware of this great flu infographic at OnlineEducation.net and I am happy to share this with all of my readers. Really helpful and informative. We need more of these, preferably for each vaccine-preventable disease. Kudos to the nice folks who created this and allowed us to share it with all of you.
13 infants have died of whooping cough in the UK between January 1st and October 31st, 2012, preliminary data from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) shows, nearly doubling the number of fatalities from all of 2011. No deaths have been recorded in November, although an additional 1,080 confirmed cases of infections were recorded bringing the total number of laboratory confirmed cases in the UK and Wales to 8,819 for the calendar year 2012 (through November). The real incidence number is very likely to be higher, especially keeping in mind that data for December is not yet available. The number of fatalities is worrying ———->FULL ARTICLE
So far in 2012, whooping cough has killed 23 children under 5 years of age in Bogota, Colombia, nearly doubling the number of fatalities from last year ( 14 victims ), it is being reported. The majority of the victims has been in children under 1 year of age, highlighting the danger this disease poses to infants. Pertussis has been making a sort of resurgence worldwide lately, with higher than normal incidence being reported in many countries, which is a worrying development. The causes of the increase are still unclear; partly, the new, acellular vaccine DTaP seems to provide shorter span protection ———->FULL ARTICLE
In a, what has become rare, example of good health-related journalism, ABC’s Mediawatch has aired a scathing, no-holds-barred critique of the “balanced reporting” many so-called news outlets lazily resort to, in order to appear as if they’re doing what they are supposed to. Click here to watch the clip and share it on your social networks.
Many people are very concerned with the apparent “explosion” of autism rates. Back in the 80s and 90s, autism prevalence was very low at about 4/10,000. More recent estimates from the CDC currently stand at 1/88, a significant change. As the pattern-seeking animals that we are, many people have made a connection between the apparent rise in autism rates and an expansion of the childhood vaccination schedule, drawing an immature, and scientifically unsupported, conclusion that vaccines must have cause the increase in autism rates. Alternative explanations have been put forth, the most plausible one being the “casting of a wider ———->FULL ARTICLE