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The list of anti-vax claims gets longer by the day, but none are supported by research (which is quite different from “search”).
Take a moment to think about their talking points, many of which refute each other.
First is was “MMR causes autism”.
“MMR causes autism!” claim came from the ORIGINAL “paid pharma shill” who took money to falsify data on 12 kids. Dozens of real studies involving millions of kids proved that claim was false.
Then came “it’s thimerosal!”, which was never in MMR and was removed in 2001.
Only multi-dose flu vaccine has Thimerosal as a preservative, which has also been shown to be harmless in the quantity in a vaccine.
Then it was “it’s mercury!” which people thought was a new argument but was really still the Thimerosal argument with a different name. 3/
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1. Short #flu thread:
If you haven't gotten a flu shot yet but intend to do so, you'll want to think about getting a move on. Flu activity is starting to tick up & with the intergenerational & geographic mixing opportunities Thanksgiving provides, it will increase.
2. Predicting #flu is a nutty thing to do. Flu will make people sick this winter. Which type will be the biggest culprit? When will it peak? These aren't questions that can be answered ahead of time. But activity is already well underway in Louisiana & Puerto Rico.
3. Super interesting: Nearly 2/3s of confirmed #flu cases so far have been caused by influenza B viruses. Flu B often waits till late in the season to materialize. But there was almost no B activity last year. Could this year be a predominantly flu B season? Stay tuned.
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#Influenza may not always be thought of as a serious illness – the symptoms of headaches, runny nose, cough, muscle pain can make people confuse it with a heavy cold.

Make sure you're prepared for the #flu season. The most effective way to protect yourself is to get vaccinated!
What most of us think of as ‘the flu’ is seasonal #influenza, so called because it comes around in the coldest season twice a year and circulates year-round in the tropics and subtropics
@pahowho @WHO_Europe @WHOEMRO @WHOAFRO @WHOSEARO @WHOWPRO When a new virus emerges it can turn into a pandemic if:
➡️it easily infect people
➡️it spreads between people
➡️most people have no immunity against it.
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☣First up for the final session is ☣Nathan Bartlett (…), Hunter Medical Research Institute, Uni of Newcastle, NSW talking on TLR2 agonist treatment suppresses rhinovirus infection of human epithelial cells in vitro

☣modify host immunity to tackle *any* virus; boost innate immunity
☣grand plan
☣TLR the sentinel activators/regulators of innate immunity
☣any old virus can be a huge problem if you are immunosuppressed (vax less effective)
☣TLRs on the surface facing out, and those inside in endosomes (the antiviral TLRs) inducing lots of IFN and inflammation
☣used as a last resort to avoid immunopathology that can be associated with their activation; too inflammatory
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🔵Janet Englund, Fred Hutch, US up next on #flu and other respiratory viruses (RespVs)
🔵slow cell/antigen based testing to PCR-based testing has vastly improved speed - notsomuch in surveillance setting
🔵 #Flu viruses not the only game in town

🔵What is "important" among RespVs
🔵34% of US kids in childcare (24% in AUS)
🔵Seattle #flu study (2018-2019)
🔵identify importation, within-host evolution, compare clinical characteristics & improve understanding in certain populations
🔵So, in childcare...
🔵things are easier now compared to decades past (e.g. Paul Glezen, only detect 31% of infections)
🔵then, newer molecular methods found 4.2 symptomatic virus episodes/child
🔵now, 103 enrolled , half the embers of each room
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Friendly reminder: Herd immunity is LOVE!! 🐃♥️

I created some merch that will hopefully encourage people who can receive vaccinations to get them.…

All proceeds will support @DisVisibility

#FluSeason #VaccinesWork #VaccinesSaveLives #flu #fightflu 3 items in diagonal left to right: white ceramic mug, white hoodie sweatshirt, canvas tote, each with a graphic featuring two rows of red hearts and buffalo with text in the center that reads
Herd immunity protects entire communities by reducing the chances of being infected, especially for people who are immunocompromised and others who cannot take them.

"Every vaccinated person adds to the effectiveness of this community-level protection"… A graphic featuring two rows of red hearts and buffalo with text in the center that reads
I got my flu shot a few weeks ago because I get sick, I get SICK. For weeks, not to mention the time to regain strength & recover. As a disabled person, when a flu, bronchitis, or pneumonia can be deadly for me as well as millions of other chronically ill & older people.
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A healthy, 9-year old #Florida girl was paralyzed by the #FluShot…

#ADEM is an auto-immune disease that occurs when the immune system "mistakenly attacks its own brain tissue," when responding to a #vaccination or infection.

#VaccineInjury #LearnTheRisk
#STUDY: Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (#ADEM) Onset: Evaluation Based on #Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting Systems…

#Flu & #HPV #vaccines are "those most frequently associated w/ ADEM, accounting for almost 30% of the total cases."

#STUDY: Post-#vaccination Encephalomyelitis (#ADEM): Literature review & illustrative case (after #FluShot)

ADEM has been associated w/ several #vaccines such as rabies, DTP, polio, smallpox, #MMR, Japanese B encephalitis, #Flu, HepB.

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What if I told you that #BigTech and #SocialMedia platforms are manipulating you, steering you toward #Health information that they think is right, rather than letting you evaluate content for yourself?

Commentary by @MaryamHenein (Thread 👇)…
Accredited professionals, meanwhile, who stand for #Health freedom and who criticize Big Anything, are losing posting privileges, getting banned, being buried, finding themselves deranked, and getting digitally assassinated.
Content is literally disappearing from the Internet along with our #Health choices.

It sounds conspiratorial because it is. Independent #Journalists and health experts are blowing the whistle. But it’s become a silent one.
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😷Lab-confirmed #Flu in #Australia to 21SEPT2019
⚪ pink line=positives for 2019, other colours=other years
🤧+3,143 over last *2* days
🤧283,742 cases for 2019
😷Lab-confirmed #Flu numbers
🤧Difference in totals, between reporting days, #Australia
🤧decline in positives slowly continues from mid-July peak
⚪ graph is a guide only. Each total may include NNDSS numbers that were added to previous as well as current days
😷 Rates and States, #Flu. New South Wales (NSW) remains the hottest spot overall
🤧 South Australia's (SA) early surge retains it the jurisdiction with the highest rate of cases per 100,000 population, but NSW closing in
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The next vulnerable population that the Trump admin wants to imprison so for-profit prison companies can profit and Trump can distract from his #corruption -

the #Homeless. 1/4
This is ostensibly to control #disease & sanitation problems.

However, US migrant detention facilities don't plan to vaccinate for #flu prior to flu season, although 3 kids have DIED from flu related complications. 2/4
And over 900 cases of #mumps have been documented at 57 migrant detention facilities. #epidemic 3/4 #outbreak
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Let's remove barriers so that #PharmacyTechnicians in the UK can be trained to vaccinate, and support attainment of community immunity

Now's the time to produce a training programme & PSDs to support the delivery of this year's flu prevention plan

#vaccines #InfectionPrevention
We need to adopt QI methodology to address this #publichealth concern

The drivers are clear - this is about ⬆️ #patientsafety via #prevention

It should not be about inter-professional competition; there is enough work for everyone
It's important to #vaccinate as many people as possible to protect those who're vulnerable

Although UK flu activity levels were not high last year, impact on 2°care was high due to hospitlisation & ICU admissions

This year looks set to ⬆️ so let's be innovative w/ healthcare WF
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Lab confirmed #Flu cases in #Queensland for week to 19MAY2019 (Wk20)...
😷 11,144 year2date (+735 cf last week)
🤧 FluA: +641 (86% of Flu detected this week; +296 cf last week)
▶️ 5 H1N1
▶️ 14 H3N2
▶️ 515 not subtyped
🤧 FluB: +107 (14%; +41)
▶️ 2 VICT lineage
▶️ 0 YAMA
😷 Week 20
🤧10.5% of samples tested at public labs are positive for #Flu

Source: Epi and Research Unit, CDB, Dept Heath, #Queensland Health
😷 FluA dominates but FluB cases have been at 14% or above for past 4 weeks above up this week
🤧FluA 74:26 H3N2:H1N1
🤧FluB mainly Victoria lineage (FYI: last FluB-dominated year, 2015, was led by strains of the Yamagata lineage)
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‘Tis the season...let’s talk about #vaccines. You’ll likely see a lot of fear-mongering & misinformation from antivaxxers in the coming weeks. Let’s fight back w/ science & facts.

Here’s a link to @CDCgov’s Vaccines & Immunizations directory:…

Are you a parent? Here is a link to @CDCgov’s handy guide to #vaccines for parents:…

For a visual guide on the CDC’s recommended vaccination schedule for children from birth to age 18, look below⬇️

More on why it’s so important to vaccinate children:…

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These "toddler suddenly gets limp arm leg droopy face" stories (acute flaccid myelitis #afm) are going to bubble-burst once one irate Mother won't stop talking about her child's vaccines and/or one Nurse and/or one #CDCWhistleblower leaks the victims' anonymized #vaxxed data.
VIDEO Update: These limited-hangout 'polio-like #AFM mystery illness' stories are going to burst. Look at these damaged children. With CNN's Elizabeth Cohen of #CDCWhistleblower #Vaxxed fame: 'if your child has a drooping face'...
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It’s the start of flu season – time to protect yourself and your family by getting vaccinated! In today’s #FDA #SUNDAYTWEETORIAL I’m going to talk about #FDA’s role in ensuring the safety, effectiveness, and availability of the 2019 influenza vaccines. #VaccinesWork #FightFlu
I know there are questions about the effectiveness and benefits of the flu vaccine given the severity of last year’s flu season, so I want to update you on what we’ve learned, the effectiveness of this year’s vaccine and why vaccination is important
We've made important modifications to this year's #Flu vaccine to improve its effectiveness; changing two of the strains (for the H3N2 and Influenza B components) to better reflect the influenza strains that we believe are most likely to circulate this winter. More on this later.
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Just got to Davos. Ready to fill the leadership vacuum with big ideas. My focus will be on privilege and women. Only going to #womanels #methree. Also, my alligator-skin boots got snow on them, anyone have a blow drier or an FT I can use to dry them off?
Thread 1/n: Small ideas feel big when I'm in my Gulfstream, so here it goes: We have to innovate on innovation. The 7th industrial revolution disrupts AND displaces. Artificial intelligence and blockchain can only solve resurgent populism with #compassion.
2/n We elites are critical to making this debate glocalized. Thought leadership also involves thought stewardship. Communities form the core of our economies. Blue collar workers must be re-conceived as #newcollar workers. Code is key.
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