As vaccines and mandates continue to be the primary means of combating COVID-19, findings from a recently published article demonstrate that COVID-19 cases across 68 countries and nearly 3,000 counties in the United States were unrelated to vaccination rates, indicating “a lack of meaningful association.”1 The international data, published in the European Journal of Epidemiology, […]
Opinion | An analysis recently published by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) of San Francisco, California found that hospitalizations for COVID-19 symptoms among unvaccinated adults in the United States during June-August 2021 cost an estimated $5.7 billion, or an average of $20,000 per hospitalization. According to the KFF analysis, reportedly based on data from the […]
A new retrospective observational study conducted by researchers at Tel Aviv University and Maccabi Healthcare in Israel found that unvaccinated individuals who developed an infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus were considerably more protected against the Delta variant of the virus than those who had received two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech’s experimental messenger RNA (mRNA) biologic […]
The journal Nature recently reported that tuberculosis (TB) vaccine developers discovered TB vaccine is much more effective if it is injected directly into the veins of monkeys rather than into the skin. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) found that administering BCG—the […]
The MMR vaccine study recently published by Hviid et al. (2019, Annals of Internal Medicine)1 entitled, “Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccination and Autism: A Nationwide Cohort Study,” leaves many more serious questions than definitive answers. The authors claim that their work, “strongly supports that MMR vaccination does not increase the risk for autism, does not trigger autism in susceptible children, […]
In a recent letter to the editor published in the medical journal The BMJ titled “We DO need a broad look at vaccination policies and programs,” Allan Cunningham, MD wrote that he agreed with a letter to the journal from Bernadette Pajer of Informed Choice Washington regarding the need to thoughtfully review the effect of […]
A computer-based tool developed as part of a study by researchers at Rice University in Texas is gauging the anticipated efficacy of this season’s influenza vaccine at 19 percent. The tool, known as pEpitope, is a computational model measuring critical differences in the genetic sequences of circulating strains of influenza virus. Other flu vaccine efficacy […]
Story Highlights Authors of a new study claim that it is safe to revaccinate children after they have suffered an adverse reaction, particularly when if the first reaction was mild or moderate. Canadian researchers analyzed almost 20 years of records for 5,600 children for whom an adverse vaccine reaction had been reported. Of those, 1,731 were […]
It has been another dismal season for the beleaguered influenza vaccine, during which it proved barely effective for preventing influenza infection for yet another year. Now new claims have surfaced that could boost market share beyond manufacturers’ wildest dreams: The flu vaccine may stop the spread of cancer! And there’s more: It does so in when it’s combined with the popular erectile dysfunction drug Viagra!
A study funded by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and published in the Indian Journal of Pediatrics was recently conducted by a group of pediatricians to examine if the birth dose of the hepatitis B vaccine is crucial for acquiring full immunity against hepatitis B infection.