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Vaccinations are for Lemmings

Dear Dr Psarcasm,

I’m a new mother and I’m scared to have my baby vaccinated.  I’ve heard so many stories about the dangers of vaccinations that I’m just not sure it’s safe.  Should I have my baby vaccinated?

Laura, Mt Morris

 

Dear Laura,

In a word: absolutely not.  Vaccines are for l

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Study: Vaccines to Increase Immune Response At Point of Injection

Scientists at Duke University Medical Center have created synthetic tiny particles, called nanoparticles, that target lymph nodes and significantly boost vaccine responses.

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Vaccine Thought to Keep Women from Getting Genital Herpes Proven Useless

Scientists searching for a vaccine to prevent infection with two types of herpes simplex, or H.S.V., have run into a roadblock: in results published Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine, a new vaccine that was previously thought to protect uninfected women from genital herpes has now been found useless.

 

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FDA Says Flu Injector Devices Not Approved as Vaccines

Flu vaccines have always been dreaded by those who hate shots, but this year a company called PharmaJet introduced a device that uses “a high-pressure steam of liquid to pierce the skin and deliver the vaccine.” The needle-phobics rejoiced.

But now the FDA is saying, Not so fast.

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Addiction Vaccines Will Potentially Cure Nicotine and Drug Dependencies

Scientists in San Diego are developing new vaccines that will potentially cure addictions, allowing cigarette and drug abusers to kick their habits with a simple injection.

Dr. Kim D. Janda, a Scripps Research Institute professor, is one of the leading experts, having made addiction vaccines his main priority for the past 25 years. “We view this as an alternative or better way for some people,” he tells The New York Times in reference to rehab programs.

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