Global Vaccine Safety and the FDA

A recent announcement from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raises some interesting questions about the ways in which we track vaccine safety. The FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research has declared its intention to launch a new program titled the “Global Regulatory Utilization of Vaccine Safety and Surveillance (GRUVSS) initiative.” The aim of … Continue reading

Could Vaccines Be Responsible for a New Epidemic?

About a month ago, a team of Australian scientists released a study of Australia’s recent whooping cough epidemic. Their results were disturbing, revealing the existence of a strain or genotype of the disease that can evade the vaccine. The scientists believe this strain may be responsible for the sharp increase in the number of whooping … Continue reading

Medicare and Vaccination

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has long operated using a number of “core measures” to determine the quality of care provided by hospitals. This year, CMS is launching a new program through which hospitals will be rewarded according to how well they score on these core measures. Beginning October 2012, one percent … Continue reading

Government and Pharma: A Case in Point

Earlier this month, the University of Pittsburgh held “A Scientific Symposium Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Development of the Polio Vaccine.” One of the speakers at this conference was Dr. Gary Nabel, director of the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Nabel has a pretty nice gig. … Continue reading

Pity the Poor Vaccine Industry!

Forbes currently has an article up that can at best be described as an ode to the HPV vaccine. Uncritically presenting the view of pharmaceutical industries, the article is so incredibly misleading that we thought we would point out some of its fallacies here. The writer begins by describing the case of Neal Fowler, not … Continue reading

Vaccine Exemptions Under Attack

A few weeks ago, we mentioned the way in which vaccine exemptions have been attacked during this past year. We seem to be moving closer and closer to mandatory vaccination and away from the concept of informed consent. You will be glad to know that one of the bills mentioned in that post was amended … Continue reading

Dr. Sears Weighs In On CA Vaccine Bill

It seems this year vaccine rights have been under attack from all sides. In Vermont, bill S199 aims to remove philosophical exemptions for vaccination altogether, a proposal that has brought concerned parents together to protest this threat to their right to decide what is in the best interests of their child. Meanwhile, Dr. Bob Sears, … Continue reading

What is Behind the Jump in Life-Threatening Allergies?

An article in the Wall Street Journal last week focused attention on the rising numbers of children with life-threatening allergies. The article cites alarming statistics: according to research published in the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, one in every 13 children in America has serious food allergies, with the number of children with … Continue reading

Arguing for a Police State: Slate Suggests Google Censor Vaccine Safety Advocates

A recent article at Slate.com suggests that search engines such as Google have a responsibility to police online content, specifically that which questions, among other things, vaccine effectiveness. In the author’s opinion, websites that suggest that vaccines may be less than 100% safe should be marked with a banner or some such thing that advises … Continue reading

West Virginians Have No Right to Decide What Is Injected Into Their Children

Yesterday’s post highlighted the way in which our right to informed consent is under threat by the very people we depend upon to protect it. This video shows how in West Virginia, this right has already been taken away. Please watch it and share with your friends and family — it’s important that more people … Continue reading