An Overwhelming Measles Outbreak In The US Suggests Vaccines Aren’t Getting Through

Despite measles being preventable, a recent spate means that the US has experienced the largest measles outbreak since 1994. 228 cases of measles were recorded between January 1st and May 23rd of this year – 48 of which resulted in hospitalisation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report detailing the 20-year inflated high, essentially condemning those who …

4 Revolutionary Ways to Predict Pandemics

Increasingly we are looking towards big data and analytics to help us with everything from how best to utilise your manufacturing capacity, to analysing potential candidates for emerging infectious diseases. But big data has been around for a number of years in the field of pandemic prediction. Here we have 4 of revolutionary methods that have been developed over the …

Anti Vaccine Movement Claims Big Pharma has Infiltrated a High School Film Club

The anti vaccine movement has turned its sights on a California high school film club after they produced a documentary looking at the impact of vaccine refusal. The film, titled Invisible Threat, was created by students of Carlsbad High School and produced by local education advocate Lisa Posard, and so far there has been no indication that big pharma had any …

WHO Declares spread of Wild Poliovirus a ‘Public Health Emergency of International concern’

Last week the World Health Organisation’s Emergency Committee declared the continued spread of wild poliovirus across multiple countries a public health emergancy of international concern. The move was made in an attempt to stifle the virus before it could reverse the work that has already taken place across the world to eradicate one of the most deadly viruses in human …

Ice Cream Causes Shark Attacks, And Vaccines Cause Autism

Vaccines cause autism. Or at least that is what we hear day in day out, splashed across the internet from groups of people who fail to grasp the essence of peer review science. How can we engage with a community who view ‘science’ with such outright suspicion? With name calling, conspiracy theories, natural immunity, and a recent survey  saying that scientific …

20% of Americans Believe in a Vaccine Conspiracy

A report published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that 20% of the American public believe that doctors and the government know that vaccines cause harm, and yet they continue to inoculate children.  The survey found that, of the 1351 participants, 69% had heard of this conspiracy theory, making it the most widely known medical conspiracy theory mentioned in the survey. Of the …

Canada Launches Official Vaccination iPhone App

Yesterday the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health at the Canadian Public Health Association, launched a new vaccination app for Apple iPhone and google android users: ImmunizeCA. The app, produced in partnership with Immunize Canada and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, is designed to give Canadians a tool through which they can track the vaccinations of themselves and their families. …