Properly evaluating vaccine mortality – let’s not abuse VAERS

The public's concern about adverse events, especially death, immediately or soon after vaccinations is very disruptive to vaccine uptake, leading to increased morbidity and mortality of vaccine-preventable diseases. For example, a 2009 Japanese study that showed 107 deaths following H1N1 influenza A vaccination, assumed a causality between the vaccine and the deaths…

Chronic Lyme disease – is there any scientific evidence supporting it?

Chronic Lyme disease (CLD) is a generally unrecognized medical diagnosis that contains a broad number of disorders or symptoms that are supposedly related to a Lyme disease infection. There is no reproducible or convincing scientific evidence of any relationship between the symptoms and Lyme disease. There is no evidence that chronic Lyme disease…

California SB277 expected to drop vaccine preventable disease rates

California SB277 makes immunization mandatory for children attending schools in the state by removing personal belief exemptions for vaccination. These personal belief exemptions were abused by parents in pockets of California, causing immunization rates in some communities to fall precipitously. California SB277 should correct that abuse. The new vaccine requirements should increase the…

Bacteremia risk lower in children after pneumococcal vaccine – why we vaccinate

Sometimes, it's important to remember that there are solid answers to the question "why do we vaccinate our children?" Frequently, we focus on what vaccines don't do, like they don't cause autism, and forget to forcefully remind the public of the benefits of vaccines – preventing diseases. Recent research, published in Pediatrics, provides…

HPV vaccine and autoimmune diseases – more evidence that they are unrelated

The HPV vaccine and autoimmune diseases link is one of the enduring myths about the vaccine, which is regularly debunked by scientists everywhere. The so-called autoimmune syndrome induced by adjuvants (ASIA) pushed by an Israeli physician, Yehuda Shoenfeld. He claims that the HPV vaccine are causally linked to various autoimmune syndromes. However, ASIA is not…