To mask or not to mask?

By Dr Tan Poh Tin “MY mask protects you. Your mask protects me. Our masks protect others.” We have a few weeks before our children return to school and kindy, and all to work. Should we and our children still wear masks in public places? Surgical masks at RM1 to RM1.50 each may be burdensome…

Flu Prevention Is An Act Of Love

YABhg Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Hj Mohd Ali today urged Malaysian families to protect their most vulnerable members ­– young children and ageing parents – from the dangers of influenza (the flu) by getting them vaccinated against the disease. She was speaking at the launch of the ‘Flu Prevention is an Act of Love’ campaign organised…

Medical Speak: Separating vaccine facts from fiction

By Musa Mohd Nordin The Greeks (429 BC) first observed that those who survived small pox did not get re-infected (immune memory). Buddhist nuns (900 AD) pounded the smallpox scabs (the antigen which stimulates the immune response) and practised variolation, where healthy people inhaled the powder to prevent against smallpox. Turkish physicians (1700 AD) used…