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Forum: Selective & Delayed Vaccination   07-24-2016, 08:32 PM
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Views: 164
Posted By japonica
I always find these types of responses ridiculous...

I always find these types of responses ridiculous if the intent for GPs and paediatricians is to increase uptake. It goes against best practice recommended by experts like Julie Leask (who argues...
Forum: Vaccinations   07-21-2016, 02:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 587
Posted By japonica
I had to vote other, just because I'm that sort...

I had to vote other, just because I'm that sort of person. ;)

I have a bit of an issue with the idea of expertise and the term, "expert." For the sake of this particular discussion, let's say that...
Forum: Selective & Delayed Vaccination   07-10-2016, 10:22 PM
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Views: 216
Posted By japonica
From the article: So, bad match can equal...

From the article:

So, bad match can equal zero protection. Best case scenario with a match = 45%.

It interesting because how many times are we told that even if the flu vaccine doesn't match...
Forum: Selective & Delayed Vaccination   07-10-2016, 09:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 216
Posted By japonica
The GPs I've seen here don't mention it either,...

The GPs I've seen here don't mention it either, but I figured it was part of that legacy of the fluvax fiasco that killed and permanently injured kids here back in 2010 (and underscored the lack of...
Forum: Selective & Delayed Vaccination   07-10-2016, 06:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 219
Posted By japonica
Interesting. I haven't watched the Doctors in...

Interesting. I haven't watched the Doctors in years and years. Too much worst appointments ever meets infomercial.
Forum: Selective & Delayed Vaccination   07-10-2016, 06:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 216
Posted By japonica
Flu shot effectiveness disappointing, data shows

Oh dear.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/canada-flu-shot-vaccine-skowronski-h1n1-1.3669427

And it's not a result of a "bad match":

So, is it still worth getting something with 45%...
Forum: Vaccination Policies and Legislation   06-15-2016, 05:47 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,286
Posted By japonica
Agree. The previous school that my kids attended,...

Agree. The previous school that my kids attended, one of my daughter's classmates was immune compromised. His mother would stand up at the start of every school year and state that her son was at...
Forum: Vaccination Policies and Legislation   06-14-2016, 03:00 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,286
Posted By japonica
The Australian call for mandates has always...

The Australian call for mandates has always lacked credibility for me when they have not put into place any compensation legislation, despite what the leading researchers, academics, and medical...
Forum: Vaccinations   06-09-2016, 03:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 326
Posted By japonica
Nope. Not odd and neither is the observation that...

Nope. Not odd and neither is the observation that the previous editions of the Immunisation Handbook were quietly rewritten to support the new recommendations. Saw this situation exactly with our...
Forum: Selective & Delayed Vaccination   06-09-2016, 03:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 472
Posted By japonica
I couldn't answer that as I don't know what is...

I couldn't answer that as I don't know what is required in terms of a reaction in the legal sense for an exemption where you live. You'd have to discuss it with the doctor.

I know in our case, it...
Forum: Selective & Delayed Vaccination   06-07-2016, 03:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 472
Posted By japonica
I would call and get it checked. Most likely it...

I would call and get it checked. Most likely it will just resolve within a couple of days.

We had something similar with my daughter's third Td. The first two, no reactions whatsoever, then with...
Forum: Selective & Delayed Vaccination   06-02-2016, 05:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 504
Posted By japonica
I agree with the above posts. Cancel the...

I agree with the above posts. Cancel the appointment. Get the book. Read it. Then rebook your appointment. No one on here can (or should) be making the recommendations for you to follow. Good luck.
Forum: Vaccination Policies and Legislation   05-30-2016, 07:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 421
Posted By japonica
Yeah, I think there's a lot of faith in the...

Yeah, I think there's a lot of faith in the general public regarding cocooning. Unfortunately, faith will not work to limit the carriage and transmission of pertussis bacteria.
Forum: Vaccination Policies and Legislation   05-30-2016, 07:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 421
Posted By japonica
Academic discussion of "No Vax, No Visit"

https://theconversation.com/no-vax-no-visit-if-mum-was-vaccinated-baby-is-already-protected-against-whooping-cough-59374



Note...if you read the facebook comments on this, most of the posters...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   05-19-2016, 09:16 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,966
Posted By japonica
My daughter really loved Ready, Set, Grow...

My daughter really loved Ready, Set, Grow (Madaras), which is targeted towards the 8-10 year old group. When my daughter read it back in grade 3, I could hear her giggling over the cartoons in it and...
Forum: Pregnancy and Birth Loss   05-16-2016, 07:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 612
Posted By japonica
I'm so sorry for your loss, Drea. We lost our...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Drea. We lost our daughter, unexplained full term stillbirth, over 12 years ago. We didn't think anything like this would ever happen to us either...I mean, who thinks...
Forum: Vaccinations   05-12-2016, 05:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 640
Posted By japonica
I think the postnatal option is reasonable. It's...

I think the postnatal option is reasonable. It's what I would have done in my subsequent pregnancies if I hadn't become sensitised during my first pregnancy (even with the prenatal Rhogam).
Forum: Vaccinations   05-10-2016, 12:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 640
Posted By japonica
Theoretically, according to the literature, yes....

Theoretically, according to the literature, yes. However, I'm not a physician and I wouldn't recommend foregoing Rhogam on that basis alone (if you have other reasons for delaying and your midwife is...
Forum: Vaccinations   05-09-2016, 07:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 640
Posted By japonica
Not a lot. That it's less antigenic than Rh D, so...

Not a lot. That it's less antigenic than Rh D, so generally less of an issue I suspect compared to D, E, C etc.
Forum: Vaccinations   05-09-2016, 04:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 640
Posted By japonica
Actually, becoming sensitised to one of the ABO...

Actually, becoming sensitised to one of the ABO blood groups in cases of Rh incompatibility can actually work in your favour. There's a bunch of old lit on this from the 60s, before Rhogam was...
Forum: Vaccinations   05-08-2016, 03:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 640
Posted By japonica
As far as I know, Rhogam is administered to all...

As far as I know, Rhogam is administered to all Rh negative mothers, regardless of blood type (A, B, AB, O),

It does not protect however against sensitisation from other Rh antigens (C, E, Kell,...
Forum: The Case Against Circumcision   05-07-2016, 10:57 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,176
Posted By japonica
I think that someone who comes onto a forum...

I think that someone who comes onto a forum called the Case Against Circumcision and argues that all males require RIC because "they all share penises who can contract various problems at any moment"...
Forum: Vaccinations   05-07-2016, 10:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 640
Posted By japonica
No mercury in it any longer. No adjuvants as far...

No mercury in it any longer. No adjuvants as far as I know. The issue for some people is that it's a blood product made from many donors, pooled, filtered (and the other manufacturing processes that...
Forum: The Case Against Circumcision   05-07-2016, 04:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,484
Posted By japonica
Yes, true, as adults. Children are generally...

Yes, true, as adults. Children are generally taught to respect and obey adults in positions of authority. My son obeyed without question the demand of the doctor that day.

The situation with my...
Forum: Selective & Delayed Vaccination   05-05-2016, 02:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 633
Posted By japonica
I'm not back in Canada yet because the economy is...

I'm not back in Canada yet because the economy is worse off than here. If we could be assured of the same standard of living we have now in Melbourne with our new Canadian jobs, and a comparable...
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