Scaremongering

Again the dangers of sending wrong ideas out about risk are highlighted. A letter in The Lancet [registration required] discusses the case of an alarmist letter about Coenzyme Q10 and statins, which suggests that statins may cause cardiovascular deaths. In fact, statins have been shown to reduce death in clinical…

Smallpox

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 'During January 24 to February 14, 2003, smallpox vaccine was administered to 4,213 civilian health-care workers in 27 jurisdictions. No potentially life threatening or moderate-to-severe adverse events have been reported.'

Flu Vaccine

The US Institute of Medicine's immunisation safety review committee has been investigating whether the influenza vaccine might carry a risk of the demyelinating disorder Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Anthrax Vaccine

As coalition forces prepare to liberate Iraq, there is the potential of undeclared anthrax being deployed against them. Unfortunately almost half of UK service personal choose not receive the vaccine, due to fears that it may have been responsible for Gulf War Syndrome. However, a recent study suggests just 11%…

Thiomersal

Thiomersal, a preservative used in vaccines and bugbear of the anti-vaccinators, has been given a clean bill of health [PDF] by the Committee on Safety of Medicines: 'Three new studies reinforce CSM advice from 2001 that there is no evidence of neurological adverse effects caused by thiomersal in vaccines according…
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