Monthly Archives: October 2011

Vaccines: victims of their own success

Some antivaccination group declared October Vaccine Injury Awareness Month. In response, I’ve put up at least one post a week about vaccination. I wasn’t able to blog about everything I wanted to. I wanted to write about influenza, and why … Continue reading

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Harmless childhood diseases?! Yeah, Right!

One of the claims antivaccinationists make is that most of the illnesses prevented by vaccination are harmless, even a rite of passage for children. This is a sophistry. While most children will survive Rubella, Chickenpox (Varicella) and even Measles without … Continue reading

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An early screening of “Contagion”

I’m a member of the Ster-Kinekor Movie Club. Earlier this week, I received an email from them. “There will be an early screening of the film “Contagion” on Thursday 20 October at Eastgate Shopping Centre, and Film Critic Barry Ronge … Continue reading

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Rotavirus, and Paul Offit gets due recognition

I was going to write about influenza today, but a piece of news caught my eye. Oh well, October isn’t over yet. Rotavirus is a genus of double-stranded viruses in the reoviridae family. There are five species: A, B, C, … Continue reading

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On test data, sign offs and munging

First, a quick announcement. I was visited today by a census taker. She was friendly and polite, and it was almost a pleasure to have her take my details. Right, now on to the main part of my post. Suppose … Continue reading

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The fight to end Polio

This post is about Poliomyelitis. Poliomyelitis, or polio for short, was first described by Jakob Heine in 1840 but was known as long ago as Ancient Egypt. The virus causing it was identified in 1908 by Karl Landsteiner. Most cases … Continue reading

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How does Herd Immunity work?

A few days ago, I said that during October I would be posting at least once a week on Vaccines. This post is about Herd Immunity. Many years ago, Medical Researchers found that even if not everybody in a population … Continue reading

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Life imitating art, and GAVI acts

Last year, I went to see the film “Away We Go“. In it, Burt (John Krasinski) and Verona (Maya Rudolph) are expecting a baby. The two then set out to find somewhere to raise their unborn daughter. They visit family … Continue reading

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