Feb 232012

Recently a new study came out which suggested that changes to the brains of autistic children might be detectable as early as 6 months of age. Steve Novella has covered this particular study at his Neurologica blog so there is no need to repeat what he said there. Predictably, the anti-vaccination crowd has come out restating their belief that vaccinations are still to blame. Now, to be fair nothing in this study proves that vaccines cannot cause, or have any effect on, autism. All it says is that it may be possible to notice differences in the brain as early ———->FULL ARTICLE

Sep 272011
American Academy of Pediatrics Updates Pertussis Booster Vaccine Guidelines

Pertussis, a.k.a. whooping cough is a nasty disease. It is particularly merciless with our youngest. Last year in California 10 babies died, of which 9 were under 2 months of age and were thus too young to be vaccinated with the first of the 5 doses of the DTaP vaccine. Thus, it is imperative that we do all we can to protect the youngest in our midst from this deadly disease. In line with this need for extra protection for our children, the American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its guidelines about the use of the pertussis booster (Tdap) vaccine. In light of ———->FULL ARTICLE

Jul 192011
Flu vaccine for 2011-2012 season approved by the FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) met in February to review data to determine the composition of the 2011-2012 season flu vaccine. Based on this review, the FDA recommended that this upcoming season’s vaccine contain the following three strains: an A/California/7/09 (H1N1)-like virus; * an A/Perth /16/2009 (H3N2)-like virus; a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.         *A/California/7/09 (H1N1)-like virus is the pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza virus. This composition is identical to last season’s flu vaccine composition. This might mean that some healthy people may not need to take it this year, if they took last year’s shot. However, that needs to be determined ———->FULL ARTICLE

Mar 122011

This is part 3 of my report on the book launch for Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed, Biased Science, and Coercive Government Threaten Our Human Rights, Our Health, and Our Children, held at New York University (part 1 and part 2). In this installment, I’ll cover the second panel discussion on the topic of personal injury stories moderated by Kim Mack Rosenberg. Yes,it’s a panel discussion on anecdotal evidence. This is also the subject of the whole second section of the book. To get a better understanding of why anecdotes are viewed by science as notoriously weak forms of evidence, ———->FULL ARTICLE

Feb 222011

As reported earlier, the US Supreme Court has been hearing a case in which the parents of Hannah Bruesewitz were trying to sue the vaccine maker, Wyeth, for Hannah’s alleged vaccine related injury.  Back then, I took exception to the way the media was reporting on the case, implying that the Supreme Court was hearing a case about the side effects, when in reality what the Supreme Court was trying to decide was the right of individuals to sue a vaccine manufacturer outside of vaccine court. The US Supreme Court has reached a decision and it has decided to uphold ———->FULL ARTICLE

Feb 022011
2011 recommended vaccine schedule released

The 2011 recommended vaccine schedule has been released. The new recommended schedule was approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Family Physicians, and published in the journal Pediatrics. There were a few changes from the 2010 recommended schedule, including: Guidance for administration of the hepatitis B vaccine series for children who did not receive the recommended birth dose Information on the use of the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) replacing the use of the 7-valent vaccine. A single supplemental dose of ———->FULL ARTICLE

May 242010

READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT USNEWS Some parents worry babies get ‘too much too soon,’ but study finds no impact on neurological health MONDAY, May 24 (HealthDay News) — Some American parents are choosing to space out and delay recommended vaccines because they’re worried that their infants are getting too many shots too soon, potentially contributing to later mental health issues. The issue has been especially persistent when it comes to autism, which some believe is tied to vaccines, although numerous studies have discounted such a link. However, a study published online May 24 in the journal Pediatrics finds no ———->FULL ARTICLE

May 112010

Are parents forced to vaccinate their children? Are vaccines mandatory in the U.S.? This is a question that worries many parents, and it is a claim that is made very confidently by many in the anti-vaccine crowd, and it appears the answer is yes, and no.  The CDC has a recommended immunization schedule that most pediatricians follow.  That schedule is not mandatory and many parents work with their pediatricians to come up aith alternate schedules, even though they may be going against their pediatrician’s advice when they choose to do that. Nevertheless, we don’t live in isolation in a mountain ———->FULL ARTICLE