Vaccines

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After I put my post up on this years influenza fiasco on Friday, the CDC declared it an official ‘epidemic’.  Since one of the main excuses for not getting the shot this year are “It’s a hassle.”/“Number one, I’m lazy” (UUUUUUUGH THAT WAS ME TOO! GET THE SHOT!! The flu SUCKED!!!!), I thought it would…

GET THE FLU SHOT!!! (its not too late!)

My boss and I are very busy people. Weve got big stuff going on.  BIG STUFF.  So we didnt have time to get the free flu shots the university offered like 500 times last fall. About three weeks ago– Bossman: Meh, Im feeling kinda sniffly. Im gonna go get pho for lunch. Me: Cool!  Im…

Thanks to this, we now have this: Five female health workers vaccinating children against polio have been shot dead in Pakistan in a series of attacks blamed on Islamist militants. One victim was a 17-year-old schoolgirl volunteer. … … Pakistan, where there has been a severe backlash against immunisation for polio and other diseases since…

Bad Idea of the Day: Halal Pharmaceuticals

One of the more amusing aspects of ‘You are only criticizing Islam because you are RACIST AGAINST MIDDLE-EASTERNERS!!!!’ is the fact that most Muslims do not live in the Middle-East. They live in Asia. Case in point: Indonesia, where about >87% of the population is Muslim.  12.7% of all Muslims live in Indonesia (Iraq? 1.2%).…

Let me break down the overall scheme of vaccination, real quick. You get exposed to a dead/weakened/chunks of a pathogen (virus, bacterial toxin like tetanus, etc). Your body reacts to the vaccine ‘invader’ and triggers an adaptive immune response. Your adaptive immune system ‘remembers’ what it has seen, so when you are exposed to the…

HPV Vaccine: DRAT! Foiled again!

Wull… What the hell is the point in a whore vaccine that doesnt turn little girls into whores?? Boy, I hope some scientists are losing their membership in The Evil League of Evil over this: Sexual Activity–Related Outcomes After Human Papillomavirus Vaccination of 11- to 12-Year-Olds Risk of the composite outcome (any pregnancy/sexually transmitted infection…

Oh lawd oh lawd. Some folks at Emory investigated the differences in understanding vaccines between parents who got a lot of vaccine info from the internet, and parents who didnt. Oh lawd. Parents’ Source of Vaccine Information and Impact on Vaccine Attitudes, Beliefs, and Nonmedical Exemptions The good news is, this article is Open Access. …

The Thinking Atheist: A world full of woo

The Thinking Atheist did a show last night on ‘A world full of woo‘– I stopped by for a few minutes to talk about anti-vaxers, but there is a lot more to the episode, including an interview with Dr. Harriet Hall! TA is super– Last year he recorded and produced all of the videos for…

Vaccinate your pets #2

Vaccinate your pets #1 Apparently, this summer is going to be a banner year for West Nile Virus.  Im not an insect person, so I have no idea how we have mosquitoes when we have had no rain in forever and surging temperatures every day (mosquitoes can lay eggs in dust and dried up grass?),…

The Evolutionary Consequences of Blood-Stage Vaccination on the Rodent Malaria Plasmodium chabaudi The concept of vaccination is, superficially, simple– Safely mimic ‘infection’ so your immune system learns how to fight a pathogen, without needing to get sick from the genuine pathogen.  Then if you are ever exposed to the real, scary pathogen, your immune system…