Vaccines

Category archives for Vaccines

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…

The very first sign Judy Mikovits was not just a little ‘off-her-rocker’ kook-coo, but full on ‘off-the-rocker-set-it-on-fire-and-dancing-around-the-flames-nude-while-using-feces-as-war-paint’ kook-coo, was this comment she made about XMRV, vaccines, and autism, before her shit paper was even published: “On that note, if I might speculate a little bit,” she said, “This might even explain why vaccines would lead…

Pox-pops explode irony meters world-wide

Im sure you all have heard this story– Chickenpox parties–just a Facebook friend away “Pox packages,” child abuse, and the violation of federal law I dont have much to add other than a question for the parents doing this: I mean, lets ignore the ethical and legal implications of what they are doing. Lets just…

CDC recommends HPV vaccine for boys!

The HPV vaccine is one of my most favoritest vaccines. From a public health perspective, its efficacy is unprecedented. From an immunological perspective, learning how the HPV vaccine works is going to teach us something about our immune system we didnt know before. From a virological and evolutionary perspective, we dont have to be worried…

Conceptually, vaccines are very simple things– Dummy viruses/bacteria/pathogen that train your immune system how to fight the real viruses/bacteria/pathogen. All the benefits of being sick (training your B- and/or T-cells how to fight the pathogen) without actually having to get sick. Nice. In practice, however, things are infinitely more difficult. Sometimes we use dead viruses.…

Yo dawg: Republicans, Vaccines, and HuffPo

An infinite loop of crazy– Apparently Michele Bachmann (Crazy, MN) wants her daughters (and any/all women) to get cervical cancer if they grow up to engage in any kind of sex their mother doesnt agree with (but almost certainly engaged in herself), so at the Republican debate for whatever, she ‘called out’ Rick Perry (Crazy,…

What a scientist means when they say “Person 1 didnt respond well to Vaccine A”: Person 1 was given a vaccine. They did not generate a protective adaptive immune response from that vaccine (either B- or T-cell, whichever was supposed to occur). OR Person 1 did show an adaptive response initially, but there was no…