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#MSCOVID19: Vaccine Q&A page is now live

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★★★★ Just to let you know that the I have answered all the reasonable questions that have come in via the COVID-19 decision aid. To keep it simple and to allow me to be more responsive I will simply update the online document every day or so. This is similar to what I did with the MS-Selfie Microsite I ran for at the beginning of the pandemic. Loading… Loading…...

#MSCOVID19: Vaccine Decision Aid ver. 2.0

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★★★★ Thank you for the feedback on my rough-and-ready decision aid. It is clear there is a need for it. I have spent a bit of time adding DMT-specific pages to the aid and added sections on ‘Which vaccine?’ and ‘Pregnancy’. I have also added a page with useful links. I have also set the sound to be on-demand rather than being automatic; so...

#MSCOVID19: What is vaccination?

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★★★★ What is vaccination? A not so simple medical procedure. Vaccination is probably one of, if not, the most important scientific/medical inventions in modern history. We need to celebrate it for just that and appreciate the number of saved lives and improved quality of life it has brought to us as a species.  Now that we broadly know how the immune system...

#MSCOVID19: vaccine decision aid

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★★★★ Due to the number of emails and/or messages about the COVID-19 vaccines and MS I have been receiving I have put together a rough-and-ready decision aid to deal with the most common questions that have arisen so far. Please note this is a beta version using Google Slide’s technology. As questions come in I will update the decision aid. If you think it is...

We need you!

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★ Did you know that as of September 2020, only 54.1% of the public in the UK and 42.5% in the USA would ‘definitely’ accept a COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves?  I sincerely hope these figures are wrong and have changed substantially since September 2020. Why? These vaccine acceptance rates are lower than the proportion of vaccinated people required to achieve...

#MSCOVID19: yes, have the vaccine

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★★★★ Despite the long blog post that I called CATCH-22 I am still getting numerous emails and questions from patients with MS about whether or not they should have a COVID-19 vaccine. YES, you should have the vaccine when it is offered to you. Clearly, timely access to the vaccine will depend on where you live, how vulnerable you are and the local, regional and...

Don’t “Boris” your treatment!

Many of you have been caught by surprise by the Prime Minister’s latest announcement: London and Southern England moved into the unexplored Tier 4, and no ‘Jingle Mingle’ of households on Christmas. This last-minute and – honestly profane – cancellation of Christmas plans has been a hard nut to crack for many of us. So much the more the prospect of a vaccine is the equivalent of...

#MSCOVID19: CATCH-22

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★ I know it sounds like a cliche but Catch-22 would definitely be on my list of most impressionable books I read as a teenager.  I liked it because of its dark satirical humour, it was written in the third-person and it taught me how absurd war actually is. Catch-22 (and the Great Gatsby) also taught me if you love a book you should never watch the movie; the...

Bring back the experts

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★ “I think the people of this country have had enough of experts”, Michael Gove, June 2016. Of the many positive things to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic and our response to it is the end of the era of denigrating the expert. Yes, expertise and in particular deep expertise really matters and that applies to the diagnosis and management of multiple...

#MSCOVID19: ABN Guidance Update

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★★ The ABN have updated their COVID-19 guidelines, which are beginning to move towards the evidence. However, the guidance on cladribine is not supported by the evidence nor the science, i.e. how cladribine actually works and its impacts the immune system. The latest guidance states “the risk of severe COVID-10 disease is increased for many months after...

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