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Wider access and protection with HPV vaccine funding – Expert reaction

Peter Griffin posted in on July 28th, 2016.

Pharmac will extend funding for HPV vaccine Gardasil to also cover boys and will change the vaccine type to cover more varieties of HPV. Following public consultation, Pharmac announced several changes to the vaccination schedule, including funding the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for boys. HPV can cause several types of cancer, including cervical and throat […]

Morning jabs better for flu vaccination – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on April 27th, 2016.

Influenza vaccinations are more effective in the morning, reports a new study. The UK research, published in the journal Vaccine, compared the immune response of 276 older adults vaccinated in the morning  or afternoon, and found that morning-vaccinated people had more influenza-fighting antibodies when tested one month later Read more about the study on The Science […]

Whooping cough spreads in South

John Kerr posted in on August 14th, 2015.

Increased rates of whooping cough in the South Island have authorities reminding parents of the importance of vaccinations. Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a contagious bacterial disease characterised by nasty and persistent bouts of coughing. The Southern DHB Medical Officer of Health, Marion Poore, told the Otago Daily Times that there had been 174 […]

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Science, celebrity and social media collide in vaccination debate

John Kerr posted in on July 2nd, 2015.’s Katie Kenny reports on an online furore over vaccination kicked off by actor Jim Carrey, but further fuelled by Kiwi star Jemaine Clement. An excerpt (read in full here) Comedian Jemaine Clement criticised for tweeting ‘nonsense’ in anti-vaccination rant One of New Zealand’s top comedians has been criticised by a health expert for his anti-vaccination […]

Influenza A H1N1 in New Zealand – Experts respond

John Kerr posted in on March 26th, 2014.

A number of cases of Influenza A virus subtype H1N1 (commonly dubbed swine flu) have been recently reported in New Zealand. Most recently an outbreak of eight cases in Hawke’s Bay has received widespread coverage. While it is not unusual for the H1N1 strain to be detected in flu cases, experts have noted that it […]

Influenza warnings follow US flu season

John Kerr posted in on March 27th, 2013.

Experts are warning of potentially bad influenza season this year and encouraging vaccination. Influenza researchers Prof Lance Jennnings from Canterbury DHB and  Dr Sue Huang of the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) have highlighted the severe flu season in the States and cautioned that New Zealand could be next. In media reports both […]

Research hints at oral TB vaccine

John Kerr posted in on September 27th, 2012.

New Kiwi research has demonstrated the potential of an oral vaccine for tuberculosis. In a study published this week in the open access journal PLoS ONE, researchers from the tested an oral formulation of the current tuberculosis (TB) vaccine in mice and found that it worked better than the standard injected vaccine in immunising against […]

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Coroner inquest and HPV vaccine – expert reponds

John Kerr posted in on August 9th, 2012.

Claims relating to vaccine safety are back in the media spotlight as an inquest into the unexplained death of teenager Jasmine Renata in 2009 continues.  The family has told the coroner they believe the death is linked to the Gardasil vaccine for human papilloma virus (HPV) that Ms Renata received six months earlier, and today […]

Flu vaccine for all UK kids

John Kerr posted in on July 26th, 2012.

All UK children are to be given the flu vaccination after experts said it could save up to 2,000 lives a year. The scheme, which is expected to be rolled out in 2014, will see all children aged two to 17 given the vaccination through a nasal spray (Fluenz® marketed by AstraZeneca). Younger children will […]

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Whooping cough on the rise

John Kerr posted in on October 26th, 2011.

Whooping cough infections are on the rise and health officials are concerned the number of cases could reach epidemic proportions. Despite a free national vaccination scheme, cases of whooping cough are increasing in the northern South Island. Crown Research Institute ESR has confirmed to Radio New Zealand that  there has been 147 cases identified this […]

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