Vaccination not mandatory – Dr Subramaniam

KUALA LUMPUR: Vaccination will not be made compulsory for the time being but there is a need to further educate parents on the importance of having their children immunised, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam. Noting that not all matters could be enforced by law, he said nevertheless, awareness on vaccination to prevent…

Earlier vaccinations for babies

By Tharanya Arumugam KUALA LUMPUR: Babies will be vaccinated for measles as early as 9 months effective from April following a sharp rise in the number of measles cases in the country. Health deputy director-general (Public Health) Datuk Dr Lokman Hakim Sulaiman said the Health Ministry would bring forward the first dose of measles–mumps– rubella…

Doctors say move is based on sound science

KUALA LUMPUR: The move by the Health Ministry to change its measles vaccination schedule is welcomed by medical experts. Malaysian Medical Association president Dr Ashok Zachariah Philip said immunising infants with measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine at 9 months, followed by a second dose at 12 months, would ensure a wider coverage of immunity.…

Anti-Vaccination Websites Use ‘Distorted’ Science, Researchers Find

5 November 2015 Many websites that promote unscientific views about vaccinations use pseudoscience and misinformation to spread the idea that vaccines are dangerous, according to a new study. For example, of the nearly 500 anti-vaccination websites examined in the study, nearly two-thirds claimed that vaccines cause autism, the researchers found. However, multiple studies have shown…

Demise of Datuk Dr Paramesvaran

Dear colleagues, The late Dato’ Dr Sam Abraham & Datuk Dr Paramesvaran were two very senior colleagues who kept in close touch with me and I trust with some of you at a very personal level. Sam phoned me virtually every week whilst Param regularly e-mailed me. In the last few e-mail exchanges, we co-authored…