WHO: Polio Outbreak in Sudan Caused by Oral Polio Vaccine

WHO: Polio Outbreak in Sudan Caused by Oral Polio Vaccine

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported that a new poliovirus outbreak in Sudan is linked to an ongoing string of vaccine strain polio outbreaks in Africa caused by continued use of the live attenuated oral polio vaccine (OPV).1 On Aug. 9, 2020, the Federal Ministry of Health in Sudan notified the WHO of the […]

Intranasal COVID-19 Vaccine May Be More Effective Than Injected Vaccines

Intranasal COVID-19 Vaccine May Be More Effective Than Injected Vaccines

There are more than 150 experimental COVID-19 vaccines under development around the world, all of which are being designed for intramuscular injection.1 Some researchers are investigating whether the conventional intramuscular injection route is less effective when using vaccines to prevent microbial infections that invade the respiratory airway like SARS-CoV-2.2 Avery August, PhD, an immunologist at […]

Infant Boy in India Dies Hours After Getting Oral Polio Vaccine

Infant Boy in India Dies Hours After Getting Oral Polio Vaccine

A seven-month-old infant boy died on July 7, 2020 within hours of receiving the live attenuated oral polio vaccine (OPV) in Palghar, India. The baby was given one dose of the OPV drops in the evening and was found dead the following morning by his parents.1 2 3 According to a news report, government welfare […]

Baby in Nepal Dies After Getting Six Vaccines

Baby in Nepal Dies After Getting Six Vaccines

A six-week-old baby in Nepal died after receiving six vaccines. The child, Bunu Dewan, reportedly received the BCG, DPT, fIPV and PCV vaccines at a community health center in the town of Simaltar. Bunu’s condition is reported to have deteriorated following the vaccination and the child was subsequently taken to Neuro Hospital in Biratnagar.1 2 […]

Polio Eradication Stalls with More Wild-Type and Vaccine Strain Polio Outbreaks

Polio Eradication Stalls with More Wild-Type and Vaccine Strain Polio Outbreaks

After 65 years of global polio mass vaccination campaigns, on Oct. 24, 2019 (“World Polio Day”) the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that, along with wild type 2 poliovirus declared eradicated in 2015, wild type 3 poliovirus has been eradicated from the earth.1 The credit for the achievement was given to the Global Polio Eradication […]

Infant Girl in India Dies Day After Receiving Oral Polio and Pentavalent Vaccines

Infant Girl in India Dies Day After Receiving Oral Polio and Pentavalent Vaccines

Two-month-old Priyanka Biswal died on Sept. 5, 2019, a day after receiving the live attenuated oral polio vaccine (OPV), pentavalent (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae type B) vaccine and vitamin supplements at a Community Health Center (CHC) in Naranapur, India.1 2 A report by the Orissa Post noted, “after intake of the polio […]

“Vaccine-Derived” Polio on the Rise

“Vaccine-Derived” Polio on the Rise

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) last week reported that there have been a total of 22 confirmed cases of vaccine-derived polio paralysis, thus far, in 2019. The latest two cases involve a person from Sichuan province in China and a person in Angola. Other evidence of circulating vaccine strain poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) has […]

Asymptomatic Carriers of Diphtheria Identified in Canadian School

Asymptomatic Carriers of Diphtheria Identified in Canadian School

Story Highlights A case of diphtheria has been confirmed in an elementary school in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Three other people, who are asymptomatic carriers of the bacterial disease have been identified and are being treated in isolation. The diphtheria vaccine is only available as a combination vaccine (DT, Td, DTaP, Tdap) and its effectiveness wanes over […]

Infant Boy in India Falls Unconscious and Dies After Vaccination

Infant Boy in India Falls Unconscious and Dies After Vaccination

A one-month-old boy died in Telangana, India on May 11, 2019 shortly after being vaccinated at a rural child care center in the town of Kamareddy. The child’s parents said that the baby became unconscious after receiving the vaccine and they subsequently took him to a private nursing home where physicians there declared him dead […]

America’s ‘Good Medicine’ Mindset

America’s ‘Good Medicine’ Mindset

The idea that you can give someone a disease, or something worse than that disease, by giving them a medicine designed to cure that disease or prevent the patient from contracting it and spreading it to others is so counter-intuitive, so unethical, so downright insane that it is unthinkable, unconscionable, unbelievable. After all, isn’t the first principle of medicine to “first, do no harm”? And yet… I think one of the greatest songs of all time is the one by…