Apr 222012
E-mail American Airlines and ask them not to air Meryl Dorey Interview

UPDATE: American Airlines had decided against airing the audio interview. It will also not feature the interview on its in flight magazine.  It is being reported in the Internet, that American Airlines has decided to air a short interview with Meryl Dorey of the Australian Vaccination Network (follow the link for the audio and the transcript of the interview). I went to the American Airlines website and followed their Contatc Us link for complaints and comments and submitted the following comment. I would like to suggest all of my readers to send a similar message to American Airlines. It’s being reported that ———->FULL ARTICLE

Mar 062012
126 Children Victims of Measles in Yemen

Tragic news reach us from Yemen: at least 126 children have died from measles since mid-2011 due to a breakdown in basic health services as a consequence of political troubles. The Yemeni government has asked for international assistance with a vaccination campaign that will begin in the hardest-hit regions in early March. The latest numbers (February 2012) show a total of 3,767 confirmed cases resulting in 126 deaths, since mid-2011, for a death rate of 1 in 30 infected. 70% of infections, and all of the 126 deaths, were in children under 5 years of age,  an age-group group that is ———->FULL ARTICLE

Mar 012012
FDA approves first ever quadrivalent flu vaccine

The FDA has approved the first ever, quadrivalent flu vaccine. All flu vaccines in circulation today are trivalent, they protect against two strains of flu, generally to type A and one type B strain. The new vaccine will protect against four strains, two A and two B therefore increasing protection and the probability of the vaccine matching the actual flu strain in circulation. Here is the text of the full FDA Media Release (links added). FDA NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release: Feb. 29, 2012 Media Inquiries: Rita Chappelle, 301-796-4672, rita.chappelle@fda.hhs.gov Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA FDA approves first quadrivalent vaccine to prevent seasonal influenza FluMist Quadrivalent, a ———->FULL ARTICLE

Mar 012012
Whooping Cough outbreak sickens over 140 people in Canada

A whooping cough outbreak in British Columbia, Canada has sickened more than 140 people since December, prompting Canadian Health authorities to issue a warning. Hotspots  include the Fraser Valley, Hope, Chilliwack and Agassiz areas. If you are traveling to the area make sure you have received your booster shot, and especially if traveling with children make sure they are up-to-date with their DTaP vaccine. Pertussis can be particularly dangerous if caught by a young child, especially a baby who hasn’t had a chance to be vaccinated yet. Related articles Whooping cough spreading in B.C.’s Fraser Valley (cbc.ca) Spread of whooping cough in Fraser ———->FULL ARTICLE

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

Feb 102012
Meningitis kills 11 in three days in the Ivory Coast

Meningitis doesn’t play around, it maims, debilitates and kills very fast. In just 3 days in February a meningitis outbreak in the Ivory Coast has killed 11 people, as reported by Examiner.com. A vaccine costs about $5 which is too much for many families to afford, thus forcing them to skip it. This tragedy highlights the importance of the work of organizations such as GAVI and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation who work at making vaccines available to poor people in developing countries. According to Examiner.com: “The symptoms of bacterial meningitis are sudden, with fever, stiff neck, body aches ———->FULL ARTICLE