Tag Archives: Vaccinations

Significant Anniversaries

Three significant anniversaries occurred in the first full week of May. A fourth occurred on the 21st – the fortieth anniversary of the theatrical release of “The Empire Strikes Back”, widely regarded as the best of the Star Wars film. … Continue reading

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Coronavirus, Shots Heard goes live, and an antivaxxer changed her mind

Several things. Coronavirus has come to South Africa with several confirmed cases. Last year, I mentioned the “Shots Heard” website. It’s now gone live and can be found here. Finally, some great news. Tattoo artist Kat von D originally decided … Continue reading

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HIV Vaccine trial cancelled

Some rather disappointing vaccine news. The trial of a vaccine for HIV was terminated early as results showed no difference in infection rates between the vaccinated group and the control group. We always knew that making a vaccine against an … Continue reading

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Germany mandating vaccination

I know this is late, but life got in the way, as it sometimes does. In the wake of Measles outbreaks that have already claimed a number of lives, Germany Is Making Vaccinations Compulsory For All Children. Surprising that this … Continue reading

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Childhood memories of getting vaccinated

It’s funny what you come across sometimes. Recently, I came across my old immunisation card. Red in colour and written in Afrikaans and English, it contained details of vaccinations I received as a child. Funnily enough, I remember attending a … Continue reading

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New TB Vaccine successfully completes a small trial

A new vaccine against Tuberculosis has successfully completed an early trial. Developed by Glaxo Smithkline amd Aeras, the M72 vaccine reduced TB rates by more than half. The current vaccine against TB is Bacillus Calmette–Guérin (BCG). Its effectiveness in children … Continue reading

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Harmful childhood diseases

The inevitable has happened. In California, an infant has died of pertussis, the first such death since 2016. In France, the third measles death of 2018 has occurred. From the above report: As of July 08, 2018, 2646 cases reported … Continue reading

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P.R.A.T.T.s

If you look at the bar at the top of my website, you’ll see a new page alongside “Home”, “About me” and “Comments Policy”. Namely, “P.R.A.T.T.s”. A P.R.A.T.T. is a “Point Refuted A Thousand Times”. It is a claim that … Continue reading

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I think it’s time to bring back wholecell pertussis vaccines

My 7 year old nephew is going for his booster shots this week, and I’ve been thinking about something related to that. One of the boosters is the triple jab against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. There are two types used: … Continue reading

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