Chief Medical Officer

Sheila Bird :: Wed, 12/01/2011 - 16:47

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Rush for flu vaccine worth celebration

Let’s celebrate the public’s approval for vaccination . . .

Sheila Bird :: Mon, 27/12/2010 - 14:13

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Where are the statistics on swine-flu 2010?

The number of patients with swine flu who need intensive care has already matched the peak reached in 2009 (12-18 November 2009) prompting health reporters to draw a parallel – but finding

Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 05/07/2010 - 11:21

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Flu deaths: a triumph of statistics, not virology

Dame Deirdre Hine’s report on swine flu, published last Friday, acquits all involved of blame for spending £1.2 billion on a pandemic that turned out to be mild.

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 05/05/2010 - 14:08

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Presumed consent could increase organ donation rates

Gordon Brown’s in favour. So is the Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, the Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru, and other parties.

Sheila Bird :: Thu, 22/10/2009 - 09:44

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Swine flu risks - what pregnant women need to know

The risks to pregnant women from swine flu are real. Yet many may still resist vaccination because they fear that carries an even greater risk. What do the data so far tell us?

Sheila Bird and Chris Robertson :: Tue, 13/10/2009 - 14:28

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H1N1 risks and pregnant women

In today’s Guardian, Professor David Salisbury, Director of Immunisation at the Department of Health, is quoted as saying that H1N1 vaccine is completely safe for pregnant women.

Sheila Bird :: Thu, 03/09/2009 - 13:23

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H1N1 data still in short supply

When a British soldier dies in Afghanistan, we know within days the sex, age and region of residence of the fatality, together with the immediate cause of death. How different it is for swine flu.

Nigel Hawkes :: Fri, 31/07/2009 - 10:54

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RSS demands better flu monitoring

The Royal Statistical Society has fired a shot across the bows of  Sir Liam Donaldson, the Chief Medical Officer, by demanding changes in the way information on the H1N1 flu pandemic is collec

Sheila Bird :: Wed, 15/07/2009 - 11:35

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The CMO needs to remedy data deficiences over swine flu

What is the death rate from HINI flu likely to be? The Government has forecast that by the end of August 2009, 100,000 people a day will be catching the disease, so it is vital to know as accurately as we can how many are likely to die of it.