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Measles cases hit 18-year high in England and Wales
Health officials say there were 2,016 cases of potentially fatal disease last yearThe number of cases of measles has reached its highest level for 18 years, health experts say.There were 2,016 confirmed cases of the highly infectious disease in England and Wales in 2012 – the highest annual total since 1994, according to the Health Protection Agency (HPA).A spokeswoman said the majority of cases occurred in Merseyside, Surrey and Sussex, where "prolonged" outbreaks were noted last year. Several smaller outbreaks occurred in travelling communities.Symptoms include fever, cold-like symptoms, red eyes, sensiti...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 8, 2013 Category: Science Tags: Infectious diseases News Health guardian.co.uk Vaccines and immunisation Society UK news Science Source Type: news

Policy Recommendation Approved For Immunizations For All Health Care Providers
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has approved a policy recommendation that all health care providers (HCPs) be immunized against influenza; diphtheria; hepatitis B; measles, mumps, and rubella; pertussis (whooping cough); and varicella (chickenpox) according to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Adult Immunization Schedule. ACP's policy exempts HCPs for medical reasons or a religious objection to immunization... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 16, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Immune System / Vaccines Source Type: news

Jabs 'more upsetting' for babies of first-time mums
Conclusion This is a small study and although it was carefully carried out, its findings should be viewed with caution. As the authors point out, its size means it may not have had the power to detect all differences in infant pain expression. They argue that a larger study incorporating a more balanced sample of mothers and including other racial and ethnic groups is needed. In addition, other factors could have affected how the babies reacted, including their particular mood at the time. Still, it seems likely that first-time mothers may find their child's first immunisation more difficult and their feelings may be sense...
Source: NHS News Feed - January 9, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

Study: 97 percent of children affected by 2009 mumps outbreak were vaccinated for condition
More evidence has emerged showing the complete failure of modern vaccines to provide any real protection against disease. A recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) reveals that an astounding 97 percent of children affected by a mumps outbreak... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 4, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MMR vaccine: coverage for young children by age two at highest level in 14 years
November 27, 2012: Nine out of 10 children in England in 2011-12 had been immunised against Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) by their second birthday - the highest recorded coverage since 1997-98. (Source: The IC : Mental Health)
Source: The IC : Mental Health - November 27, 2012 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

The medical establishment shielded Andrew Wakefield from fraud claims | Brian Deer
Brian Deer spent years investigating Andrew Wakefield's MMR and autism research, which he now alleges was fraudulent. Here he argues that doctors closed ranks behind one of their own"Just hours ago," announced CNN's Anderson Cooper from New York last Wednesday, "the British Medical Journal – BMJ – did something extremely rare for a scientific journal. It accused a researcher, Andrew Wakefield, of outright fraud."The occasion for this judgment was a BMJ editorial, backing the first report in a series by me. Following some two dozen of my MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine stories in the Su...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 12, 2011 Category: Science Authors: Brian Deer Tags: Controversies Medical research MMR Science Andrew Wakefield Health Society Peer review and scientific publishing Source Type: news

From the Lancet to the GMC: how Dr Andrew Wakefield fell from grace
Sarah Boseley charts the downfall of the consultant whose report led to a drop in MMR uptake and divided medical opinion• Datablog: what's happened to MMR vaccinations - and how do we compare to the rest of the world?• MMR doctor 'failed to act in interests of children'It all began with a paper published in the prestigious Lancet medical journal in February 1998.The paper caused a massive slump in the numbers of children being vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella and the repercussions are still with us now – MMR uptake has never completely recovered. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 28, 2010 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley, health editor Tags: Andrew Wakefield Controversies Immunology Medical research Health Doctors Children UK news MMR Vaccines and immunisation Society Source Type: news