1. Measles cases soar, despite rise in MMR jabs
United Kingdom. Many are concerned as measles cases continue to mount in England and Wales. This increase is being observed despite the fact that a staggering 92% of children have been vaccinated by the age of five! Some have theorized that a controversial study linking vaccines to autism may have played a role in parents refusing to vaccinate their children. The data, however, show that the measles vaccine take up is at it’s highest level for 13 years! Some are now questioning the effectiveness of these vaccines.
2. Vaccination worries back in news
Delhi. A Delhi-based report has revealed the number of children who died shortly after receiving vaccines has more than doubled in the last 3 years! While the causes of the spike are somewhat unclear, experts think it may be related to a recent suspension of three major vaccine distributors to the area. The government has relied on the WHO and Indian and foreign vaccine suppliers to meet its demands and in doing so may have sacrificed quality for quantity. India isn’t the only place recently affected by vaccine concerns. Many countries have been rocked by an increase in adverse events following vaccines, Japan is another recent example.
3. Mild allergic kids: Reactions to TDaP vaccine lots
After seven children suffered anaphylactic shock from their TDaP vaccines, it was discovered that children with allergies to milk should be cautious about receiving the shots. The media used to grow specific bacteria contains trace amounts of casamino acids which come from the milk protein casein. These trace amounts can prove to be life threatening in children who are highly allergic to milk.
4. FDA Tries to Address Some Concerns Over Nanotech in Biotech
The FDA is trying to come up with an effective way to regulate nanotechnology. The process is a challenging one because the particles are around a billionth of a meter or a nanometer and can vary in size. It is hoped that by setting specific standards, industries using nanotechnology will have a clearer idea of what criteria to meet when preparing to have a product approved by the FDA. Other challenges said to have caused setbacks for regulating nanotech include a lack of resources and legal tools, and a limited understanding of the scientific knowledge surrounding nanotech. This is significant because it calls into question the safety of nanotech in things like vaccines, cosmetics and dietary supplements.
5. Flu Vaccine – Healthcare Professionals Urged To Consider Specific Immunization Strategies For Flu Pandemic
Brazil. A recent study indicates persons suffering from an autoimmune disease known as Rheumatoid Arthritis may need to take precautions when it comes to receiving flu shots. In patients with RA it was observed that symptoms worsened after receiving the vaccines and adverse events were more frequent in RA patients compared to patients who didn’t have RA.