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European Court of Justice ruling on vaccines – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on June 22nd, 2017.

The European Court of Justice has ruled that national courts can decide that vaccines can cause adverse reactions, even in the absence of scientific evidence. The ruling follows a case of a French patient who was vaccinated against hepatitis B in 1998 and developed multiple sclerosis a year later. Prior to his death in 2011, […]

Vaccinations are part of a ‘bigger picture’ – Cathy Stephenson

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on June 1st, 2017.

The immense polarisation of opinions on immunisation has been highlighted through the response to Dr Lance O’Sullivan’s protest of an anti-vaccination documentary, GP Dr Cathy Stephenson writes on stuff.co.nz. An excerpt (read in full): There are people in both camps whose views won’t be shifted – that’s fine by me. We live in a world […]

NZ doesn’t need to ban unvaccinated kids from childcare – Nikki Turner

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on March 14th, 2017.

Should New Zealand follow the Australian ‘no jab, no pay’ model to boost immunisation rates? Nikki Turner from the Immunisation Advisory Centre says no, our current approach is working. An excerpt (read in full): By being systematic, setting national targets and communicating effectively to healthcare providers and parents, we have seen a dramatic improvement in […]

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 Scimex.org The Science […]

Science, celebrity and social media collide in vaccination debate

John Kerr posted in on July 2nd, 2015.

Stuff.co.nz’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 […]

UPDATED: Single dose HPV vaccine – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on June 10th, 2015.

New international research indicates that just one dose of the Cervarix HPV vaccine – currently unavailable in New Zealand – could prevent the majority of cervical cancers. UPDATE: New comment below. Vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) can protect against infection and the risk of developing cervical cancer and a range of other HPV related diseases […]

SMC BRIEFING: Superbugs and vaccines – infectious disease

Dacia Herbulock posted in on March 18th, 2015.

In conjunction with the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases, the Science Media Centre hosted an online briefing to preview new research highlights from their international conference on infectious diseases in Auckland this week (18-21 March). Speakers presented new findings on: How prescriptions for children’s skin infections are driving the spread of a new superbug strain (MRSA) Effectiveness of the childhood […]

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 […]

Packaging chemicals weaken vaccinations- experts respond

John Kerr posted in on January 25th, 2012.

New research shows that perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), widely used in manufactured products such as non-stick cookware, waterproof clothing, and fast-food packaging, are associated with lowered immune response to vaccinations in children. Danish and American researchers analysed data from 587 children tested for immune response to tetanus and diphtheria vaccinations at ages 5 and 7 years. […]

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