Doctors Refuse Vaccines!

When the needle turns around, doctors refuse!

“Even among the physicians who are the biggest purveyors and promoters of vaccination, it would appear that when the needle is turned around, the inoculation mania subsides. In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 90% of obstetricians and about 70% of pediatricians refused to take the rubella vaccine. The possibility of "unforeseen vaccine reactions" seemed to have their concern ("Rubella Vaccine and Susceptible Hospital Employees: Poor Physician Participation," Journal of the American Medical Association, (February 20, 1981).

 1981 Feb 20;245(7):711-3.

Rubella vaccine and susceptible hospital employees. Poor physician participation.


A serosurvey of 2,456 high-risk employees of the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center showed that 345 (14%) were susceptible to rubella. Of 197 seronegative personnel followed up for participation in a vaccination program, 105 (53.3%) were vaccinated. However, only one of the 11 known susceptible obstetrician-gynecologists was vaccinated. Thirty-eight seronegative employees who were vaccinated with RA 27/3 rubella vaccine were queried four to six weeks after vaccination and compared with 32 unvaccinated seropositive control subjects. Although the reaction rate was 50% among vaccinees and 3% among control subjects, each vaccinee lost only an average of 0.2 workdays compared with 0.1 workdays for control subjects. The high rate of susceptibility to rubella among hospital employees supports the need for screening. Although vaccine reactions are common, they are generally mild. Means must be found to ensure greater employee acceptance of vaccine.
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Oh Dear, Medical Professionals Not Sufficiently Vaccinated for Flu in Canberra, Australia / Canberra Times

Canberra, Australia's capital, has about 365,000 people and has a medical school.  Its health staff totals 5,122 people.  Only 48% were vaccinated against the flu this year, down from 60% during the swine flu pandemic of 2009.

But is this a problem?

ACT Health said there have been fewer than five deaths a year for each of the last five years in the capital, including no deaths in 2008 and 2010.
So in the worst case scenario, there were as many as 12 flu deaths in Canberra in the last 5 years, or 2.4 deaths per year, or 6.6 deaths per million per year.  Yet the US CDC estimate for flu deaths is 100 per million population per year.

According to the Australian government,
In most years, minor or major epidemics of type A or type B influenza occur, usually during the winter months. In Australia, 85 deaths and 4250 hospitalisations are notified, on average, per year, although this is almost certainly an underestimate due to failure to recognise the excess mortality and hospitalisation associated with the disease. Extrapolation from US estimates, based on more detailed surveillance, suggests 2000 deaths and 10 000 hospitalisations are likely to occur annually in Australia.
Eighty-five deaths divided by 26 million Australians yields 3.3 deaths per million population per year from flu.  Contrast this with 2-5 excess cases of Guillain Barre syndrome per million people vaccinated for swine flu, unknown other risks from the shot, and the benefit of flu vaccinations pales.

So, based on US estimates, Australian deaths would be expected to be 24 times greater than the identified death rate from influenza.  But Australia can't find the excess 1,915 deaths yearly.  Despite a national health plan and excellent surveillance.  CDC and WHO have had the same problem.