The world before vaccines

The sad death of a young girl which occurred on the same day she was given the HPV vaccine, which is unlikely to be linked to the vaccine, has prompted Theodore Dalrymple to write the following. The death of a 14-year-old girl shortly after immunisation against cervical cancer is certainly…

Don’t forget about measles

While attention is on Swine Flu, it's worth remembering that measles continues to be a problem. Over the past few months the number of media stories about measles outbreaks has been increasing. Cases are on the rise. Here's a graph of laboratory confirmed cases of measles since 1996 obtained from…

Say no to compulsory vaccination

The issue of compulsory vaccination has been raised again. A former chairman of the British Medical Association is calling for the MMR jab to be made compulsory. Public health expert Sir Sandy Macara believes children should not be able to go to school unless they have first been vaccinated. I…

European Immunization Week

This week is European Immunization Week, which exists to "boost awareness of the importance of vaccination and increase the success of immunization programmes nationally and throughout the Region." Here is the Welsh Chief Medical Officer views on vaccination: After providing clean water, air and food, vaccination is the most effective…

How on earth…

Do you turn from a scientist who publishes an important paper on cell membranes that is cited by thousands of other papers into a man standing in front of an "Expose the 9/11 Cover-Up" poster talking about vaccine conspiracies?

Meningitis C vaccine not contaminated

Readers may remember the appalling reporting of a safety concern about Meningitis C vaccine by The Independent. The MHRA have today reported that the withdrawn batches were not contaminated: Two batches of a meningitis C vaccine (Menjugate Kit) that were recalled as a precaution in February were safe, tests by…