Vaccinations & Informed Consent

When it comes to the matter of vaccinations, informed consent often seems to fall by the wayside. We’ve noted this before with respect to the annual flu shot hype. The dominant media message insists on how important it is to get vaccinated. Pharmacies, clinics and countless medical professionals do the same, touting benefits without ever …

Remember the Flu Pandemic & the Rush to Vaccinate?

ghinson/Flickr WHO Slammed for Handling of Flu Pandemic AFP, PARIS – The World Health Organisation’s handling of the swine flu pandemic was deeply marred by secrecy and conflict of interest with drug companies, a top medical journal said on Friday. The British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that WHO guidelines on the use of antiviral drugs …

County of Hawaii Directors Say “No” to Mandatory Vaccination

Kudos to the Big Island of Hawaii Council for doing its part to ensure freedom of choice in health care decisions: Department of Health officials in Hawaii were overruled by County of Hawaii directors supporting a resolution favoring First Amendment constitutional rights and vaccination exemptions for everyone demanding them. The nearly unanimous 7-1 Big Island …

Thinking About Getting a Flu Shot?

Know what you’re getting into – including the risks and whether it’s even apt to do you any good:     One risk not mentioned in the video: people who get a seasonal flu shot may be more prone to catching H1N1 (i.e., “swine flu”), according to UPI reports on research currently under review in …

Schools to Offer H1N1 Vaccinations?

A heads-up, courtesy of AP: U.S. swine flu vaccinations could begin in October with children among the first in line — at their local schools — the Obama administration said Thursday as the president and his Cabinet urged states to figure out now how they’ll tackle the virus’ all-but-certain resurgence. * * * No final …

Vaccinations and Cancer

Zaldylmg/Flickr   Evidence continues to mount: A new study published online on Nov 15, 2008 and scheduled to appear in the July 2009 issue of Cancer Causes & Control suggests that some vaccines may increase risk of cancers such as non-Hodgkin lymphoma, while others may reduce the risk. The study led by H. A. Lankes …

Free Antibiotics? No Thanks. We Don’t Want the Flu Shot Either.

One step forward: With an epidemic of antibiotic-resistant infections growing, experts are warning grocery-store pharmacies that antibiotics giveaways are an unhealthy promotional gimmick. One step back: If grocery stores want to help customers and save them money during cold and flu season, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) says, they should offer free influenza …