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Like many other wannabe med students, I will be doing my EPQ this year. Of course, it will be medicine related, and I’m curious as to what other wannabes are doing theirs on. I’m thinking of doing mine on vaccines as it is a hot topic at the moment, but I feel like this is too obvious.

Also, if anyone has already done a medicine related EPQ I would appreciate advice and ideas

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Anna banana :)
Hi Anna,

There's nothing wrong with doing an EPQ on vaccines, especially if it's a hot topic at the moment. Why is it "hot"? Are there any recent news stories about it? If so, it would be great to include them. I recall the MMR vaccine story, when my kids were young. (please see article below). As a result, many parents refused to let their children have the vaccine. As a result, there have been occasional outbreaks of mumps in recent years, in Oxford colleges

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22354895

https://cherwell.org/2019/06/14/oxfo...umps-outbreak/ (this one is very recent!!)
https://cherwell.org/2018/10/26/mump...with-outbreak/
https://cherwell.org/2013/05/17/mump...cts-finalists/
https://cherwell.org/2014/05/22/seri...-at-brasenose/
https://cherwell.org/2010/03/14/mump...k-hits-oxford/

At the time, the Daily Mail spearheaded a campaign to highlight the dangers of the MMR vaccine:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/a...nk-autism.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/a...ly-tested.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/a...R-vaccine.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/a...R-vaccine.html

But then, having caused all these problems, the Daily Mail backtracked

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/a...ad-autism.html

Andrew Wakefield, the doctor who came up with the theory that the MMR vaccine could cause autism, is now discredited

https://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.c7452
https://www.theguardian.com/society/...trumps-america
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/h...-a8328326.html
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3136032/
https://www.healio.com/pediatrics/va...complete-fraud


To be honest, it makes a refreshing change, as most EPQs I have seen (even my son's) are about diseases or medical conditions.

For more ideas on how to get inspiration/researching, check out my book chapter about applying for medicine.

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6019726

To be honest, I am interested in this subject, even though I've only been looking at it for 5 minutes!

Good luck with it.




(Original post by Anna banana :))
Like many other wannabe med students, I will be doing my EPQ this year. Of course, it will be medicine related, and I’m curious as to what other wannabes are doing theirs on. I’m thinking of doing mine on vaccines as it is a hot topic at the moment, but I feel like this is too obvious.

Also, if anyone has already done a medicine related EPQ I would appreciate advice and ideas

Thoughts?
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Thanks for the help! I find it a hot topic at the moment because of all of the "anti-vaxxers" that have surfaced recently - fewer parents than ever are getting their children vaccinated due to the uneducated posts that are cropping up online and this, of course, is a huge issue due to herd immunisation no longer being able to take effect.


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Anna banana :)
Hi Anna,

There's nothing wrong with doing an EPQ on vaccines, especially if it's a hot topic at the moment. Why is it "hot"? Are there any recent news stories about it? If so, it would be great to include them. I recall the MMR vaccine story, when my kids were young. (please see article below). As a result, many parents refused to let their children have the vaccine. As a result, there have been occasional outbreaks of mumps in recent years, in Oxford colleges

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22354895

https://cherwell.org/2019/06/14/oxfo...umps-outbreak/ (this one is very recent!!)
https://cherwell.org/2018/10/26/mump...with-outbreak/
https://cherwell.org/2013/05/17/mump...cts-finalists/
https://cherwell.org/2014/05/22/seri...-at-brasenose/
https://cherwell.org/2010/03/14/mump...k-hits-oxford/

At the time, the Daily Mail spearheaded a campaign to highlight the dangers of the MMR vaccine:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/a...nk-autism.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/a...ly-tested.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/a...R-vaccine.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/a...R-vaccine.html

But then, having caused all these problems, the Daily Mail backtracked

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/a...ad-autism.html

Andrew Wakefield, the doctor who came up with the theory that the MMR vaccine could cause autism, is now discredited

https://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.c7452
https://www.theguardian.com/society/...trumps-america
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/h...-a8328326.html
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3136032/
https://www.healio.com/pediatrics/va...complete-fraud


To be honest, it makes a refreshing change, as most EPQs I have seen (even my son's) are about diseases or medical conditions.

For more ideas on how to get inspiration/researching, check out my book chapter about applying for medicine.

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6019726

To be honest, I am interested in this subject, even though I've only been looking at it for 5 minutes!

Good luck with it.
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