Vaccines

Category archives for Vaccines

Vaccinate your pets

Anti-vaxers are horrible people– They refuse to receive the recommended/required vaccinations and put everyone else (not just the very young, very old, or otherwise immunocompromised) at risk of contracting preventable diseases. Anti-vaxers are horrible parents– They abuse their children with their own personal ignorance and fears, dooming the poor things to preventable diseases and their…

February 2009– Republican senators, led by a Susan Collins (R-ME) stripped Obamas stimulous package for funding to the CDC and pandemic flu preparedness: “Everybody in the room is concerned about a pandemic flu, but does it belong in this bill? Should we have 870 million dollars in this bill? No, we should not.” Stimulus bill…

The Oklahoman just had a really interesting article up on polio support groups in Oklahoma City: Oklahoma City polio support group helps residents understand disease I freely admit to forgetting the real-world side of my research, at times. Especially for diseases like polio, which have been eradicated in my country since before I was born–…

Measles at the Super Bowl: One month later

One month after some grossly irresponsible parents let their measles-infested offspring roam about the Super Bowl festivities, here is the end result: 16 cases of measles I dont know about the last three, but the first 13 were unvaccinated: According to Larkin, the first 13 individuals infected had all chosen not to be vaccinated. Im…

Sometimes, people do not respond well to vaccines. What I mean by that, is that sometimes a person will not generate a protective immune response to a particular vaccine on a given day… the whole point of vaccination. Now that person might respond (and have responded) just fine to other vaccines. Or they might respond…

Measles at the Super Bowl

Are you freaking kidding me??? Super Bowl Village visitors on Friday may have been exposed to measles Tuesday night, the state Department of Health confirmed they have requested information from county health departments as part of an investigation into a report that a person who has been diagnosed with measles attended the festivities Friday. According…

Non-stick pans, water-proof clothing, stain-proof carpet, pizza boxes, microwave popcorn bags, the air outdoors, the air indoors– if youve ever been exposed to these things, you have been exposed to ‘Perfluorinated Compounds’ (PFCs). Because the most common PFCs have a relatively long half-life (~4 years!), and because weve basically all been exposed, you can find…

Readers of ERV know the basics of how breast feeding affects the immune system of breast-feeding babbies: Fetuses (fetii?) and babbies are protected from pathogens, even though their own immune systems have not matured yet. How do they manage this feat? They steal antibodies from Mommy! Remember yesterday I said the same antibody can have…

Science is nothing without trust. We trust each other to perform experiments exactly how we say we did. We trust each other to report our findings exactly how they turned out. We *have* to trust each other, or else we just sit in our labs doing the same experiments over and over and over, to…

Polio-Free India (almost)

It has officially been one year since India diagnosed a new case of polio. This week, India will cross the milestone of 12 consecutive months without any case of polio being reported – the onset of paralysis of the last case was on 13 January, 2011 in West Bengal. More: India was once recognized as…