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Los Angeles public health officials issue measles warnings

The article discusses the recent measles exposure in Los Angeles, emphasizes the disease’s severity, and contrasts LA’s proactive public health response with Florida’s inadequate one. Highlighting measles’ high contagion rate, lack of treatment, and serious complications, it underscores the importance of the MMR vaccine, refuting misconceptions about vaccine safety. The LA County Public Health tracked a measles-infected individual’s movements, advising potentially exposed unvaccinated people to consult healthcare providers and monitor for symptoms.

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COVID vax not linked to sudden deaths in young adults

A study from Oregon Health Authority analyzed cardiac-related deaths among 16 to 30-year-olds, finding no link between mRNA COVID vaccines and sudden cardiac death. Out of 1292 young people’s deaths analyzed, only three had vaccine links, none confirming vaccines as a cause. The vaccine is recommended for those ≥6 months to prevent COVID-19.

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Long COVID cases continue to rise in the USA

Recent data from the US Census Bureau and CDC reveal a spike in long COVID cases into early 2024 compared to October 2023. Long COVID’s ambiguous symptoms, often exacerbated by prior health issues, are challenging to manage with no cure available. Despite vaccines reducing risks, low booster uptake may contribute to the trend, with the latest survey indicating 17.4-17.6% of respondents experiencing long COVID, a significant rise from the previous range of 14-15%. Additionally, a high rate of acute cases in North Carolina correlates with increased long COVID reports.

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mRNA vaccine for pancreatic cancer — excellent long-term results

Recent long-term clinical trial data reveals the personalized mRNA vaccine, cevumeran, elicits a lasting immune response in pancreatic cancer patients, significantly improving recurrence-free survival. The phase 2 trial explores cevumeran’s combined efficacy with chemotherapy, as this approach shows potential to revolutionize treatment for this hard-to-treat cancer, underscoring mRNA vaccines’ role in advancing medical treatments.

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Debunking RFK Jr and Brian Hooker’s book “Vax-Unvax” – Part 4

In the final part of a series, Dr. Frank Han debunks myths from “Vax-Unvax: Let the Science Speak,” addressing false links between vaccines and diseases like IBD, autism, and intussusception. He exposes the authors’ cherry-picking and incorrect conclusions, while highlighting science’s commitment to truth, citing extensive studies showing no evidence supporting these claimed associations.

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Debunking RFK Jr and Brian Hooker’s book “Vax-Unvax” – Part 3

Part 3 of Frank Han’s series critiques “Vax-Unvax” focusing on Thimerosal, a vaccine preservative. Debunking claims of its adverse effects, Han explains its historical use, the lack of evidence linking it to autism, and its subsequent removal from vaccines except for the multi-dose flu vaccine, which has a preservative-free option. Han emphasizes the scientific illiteracy of the authors and the increasing autism diagnoses following Thimerosal’s removal.

Debunking RFK Jr and Brian Hooker’s book “Vax-Unvax” – Part 2

Dr. Frank Han critiques part 2 of “Vax-Unvax,” highlighting flawed studies and statistical errors in the book’s arguments against vaccination. He emphasizes the inadequacy of research methods used in the cited studies and the misrepresentation of facts by anti-vaccination advocates. The article underlines the importance of adhering to scientific standards and the benefits of vaccinations as evidenced by established medical research.

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Debunking of RFK Jr and Brian Hooker’s book “Vax-Unvax” – Part 1

In part 1 of his series, pediatric cardiologist Frank Han refutes allegations from the anti-vax book “Vax-Unvax.” Han criticizes the book for fearmongering and recycling discredited arguments without genuine interest in vaccine safety. He reveals that numerous studies already demonstrate vaccine safety and efficacy, contrary to the book’s claims. He also dissects the book’s misuse of statistical fallacies and highlights the danger of decreased vaccination rates through outbreaks of preventable diseases. Moreover, Han emphasizes that vaccines have been rigorously tested and proven not to cause autism or other conditions as claimed by anti-vax proponents.

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Judge in Gardasil lawsuit throws out most claims

Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, a law professor and vaccination policy expert, discusses a federal judge’s recent decision in the Gardasil lawsuit, which barred several claims against Merck as preempted by the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act but permitted discovery to proceed on claims involving failure to warn the plaintiffs’ doctors and fraudulent concealment. This pivotal ruling reduced the scope of the plaintiffs’ cases, originally marked by broad allegations, to more specific claims of deficient warnings to healthcare providers and concealed risks, despite substantial evidence against the alleged harms of the HPV vaccine.