vaccination

Measles cases are up by a third – that’s 110,000 unnecessary deaths

Measles outbreaks are often blamed on the fact that vaccines have been so successful people forget how dangerous this disease…

A century ago the Spanish flu killed millions. A similar pandemic today could be even more deadly

One hundred years ago the fate of the First World War hung in the balance. Germany, with four times as many…

A measles outbreak anywhere is a threat everywhere: immunisation rates need to improve

Last year, for the first time ever, the number of people who died from measles globally fell below 100,000. Until…

New vaccine ‘could end pneumonia’

Deaths from pneumonia have almost halved since the beginning of the century, and a new vaccine under development could reduce…

Anti-vaxxers have embraced social media. We’re paying for fake news with real lives

‘Fake news’ may be the latest buzzword, but there’s nothing new about it. It’s been around for decades and vaccine…

I used to think homeopathy was helpful. Now I’m a critic. So what happened?

As a young doctor, almost 40 years ago, I worked for several months in a homeopathic hospital. This experience impressed…

Well worried: everyone I know has a cough… they’re all barking

I even thought about applying Vicks Vaporub to the paws of my dog, who’s been coughing for five months

Woman dies from measles in America. Take a bow, anti-vaxxers

This article from Slate reports that a woman in Washington State has died from measles – the first death from…