Vaccination

Mike the Mad Biologist

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From the NY Times, the blame game begins: At a hearing before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, representatives of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security argued that they were right not to put immune-boosting adjuvants in the…

Good News About Flu Production

One of the problem with influenza vaccine production (as well as some other vaccines) is that the vaccine is made by injecting into chicken eggs–infecting chicken embryos–and then harvesting and killing the virus for use in the vaccine. This is a very time-consuming process that takes months. A holy grail of influenza vaccine production has…

Before I get to the horrendous Atlantic article about vaccination, it’s worth reviewing the Mad Biologist’s Pentultimate Postulate of Vaccination (What? You don’t know it?): Effective vaccination is not about protecting you, it’s about protecting other people from you. To put it another way, the best way for you not to get influenza is to…

For anything? Excluding very rare norovirus outbreaks, I can’t remember ever reading about school absentee rates like these from Grafton, MA: Grafton High School closed early today after more than a third of its students and more than a quarter of its staff stayed home sick. It is the only school in the state to…

Bill Maher notwithstanding, a recent Pew survey shows that Democrats are far more willing to get a swine flu vaccination than either independents or Republicans: For every four Democrats willing to get the vaccine, only three Republicans and independents are willing to do so. While I’m tempted to say something snarky, if this political divide…

In the midst of all of the discussion about improving healthcare, one issue that has been neglected is the role of poverty in poor healthcare outcomes. One group that is hit particularly hard is the homeless. The Toronto Invasive Bacterial Diseases Network reports that the homeless are thirty times more likely to be diagnosed with…

TEH SWINEY FLOO! Woo: The Vaccine Is Safe…

…as any other vaccine. One of the things that was frustrating about the recent report of some (a few) nurses who were concerned about the safety of the swine flu vaccine was the utter ignorance by medical professionals of how the vaccine is made: the swine flu vaccine is no different in terms of manufacture…

I Am a Money-Grubbing Pharma Shill

…for about $2.50 a day. Over at Age of Autism, there’s a DEVASTATING two part series about how ScienceBlogs has been bought and paid for by Big Pharma (and I don’t mean Rush Limbaugh). I’ve always been amazed when people accuse me and my fellow ScienceBloglings of being bought off. Most of us just aren’t…

One of the thing we need to pay attention to during TEH SWINEY FLOO! is the role of bacterial infections in flu-related mortality: a fair number of the deaths ultimately could result from a secondary bacterial infection by organisms like Staphylococcus (including MRSA), Streptococcus, and some of the Gram-negative organisms. Unfortunately, this is happening in…

While I think making swine flu vaccination mandatory for healthcare workers is bad policy, since it feeds into anti-vaccine paranoia: people forced to take the vaccine will assume that they are guinea pigs and this, in turn, will lead others to think something is wrong with the vaccine. Having said that, I’m concerned by the…