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Talking Science: Facts About Vaccines and Herd Immunity
Anthropologist, writer, actress, comedienne, & cartoonist
This week is World Immunization Week and what better way to commemorate it than by discussing the facts about vaccines and the importance of herd immunity.
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Measles Reported In One Of California’s Most Unvaccinated Counties
Only 43 percent of the school's kindergarteners have all required vaccines.
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New Study Shows Just How Dangerous It Is To NOT Vaccinate
A significant percent of people affected by recent measles outbreaks weren't vaccinated -- by choice.
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Your State Likely Can't Handle An Infectious Disease Outbreak
One year after Ebola left the U.S., most states don't focus enough on disease prevention.
Autism Without Fear: Hold It--Donald Trump's a Moron on Vaccines? No. WASHINGTON'S a Moron on Vaccines!
Michael John Carley
Author, 'Asperger's From the Inside-Out' and 'Unemployed on th...
The comments of Obama, McCain, Hilary, Trump...etc. are mere reflections of the DC-area's widespread ignorance on this subject.
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There Was A Silver Lining To The Disneyland Measles Outbreak
The Disneyland measles outbreak earlier this year may have had a silver lining. According to a new poll, it improved parents
California Vaccine Bill Passes State Assembly
It passed 46 to 30 in the Assembly, The Contra Costa Times reported, and will move onto the state Senate for a final vote
An Anthropological Approach To California's Vaccination Problem
As we were reminded during California's recent measles outbreak, a surprising number of well-educated people decide each
To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate: Why Is That Even a Question?
Gabrielle Van Tassel
Traveler, writer, musician, athlete, feminist.
Parents who argue, "My child doesn't need to be vaccinated because of herd immunity," lack foresight. Some patients are too young to be immunized for certain diseases.
Close the Immunization Gap!
Former World Health Organization Assistant Director-General fo...
Until the second half of the 20th century, the only way a child could become immune to infectious diseases like whooping cough or measles was to actually get the disease and survive it. Too often, however, infection led to tragic, premature death.
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California Vaccine Bill Passes Major Hurdle
Similar bills in Washington and Oregon failed in March. If California passes the bill, it will join Mississippi and West
Measles: A Rising Public Health Threat
Lynn R. Goldman
Dean of Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George...
The Disneyland case illustrates both the fast spread of this virus and the urgent need for public health policies that can help boost vaccination rates and eradicate this disease once and for all.
How Many People Must Be Unvaccinated Before You Have To Worry About Getting Measles?
By Francie Diep Across the United States, more than nine out of 10 kids have had all their measles shots, which are given
Mandatory Vaccine Bills Fail In 2 States
A similar bill remains afloat in California, one of 19 states that allow personal belief exemptions. Polling suggests that
For Younger Americans, Measles And Polio Seem Like Distant Threats
The HuffPost/YouGov poll consisted of 1,000 completed interviews conducted from Feb. 13-16 among U.S. adults using a sample
Stop Blaming Illegal Immigrants For the Measles Outbreak
Associate Professor of Immunology, Cornell University
Blaming immigrants for spread of disease is not a new concept in the U.S. and like previous spurious claims, this latest attempt holds no water.
World Health Organization Calls For More Measles Vaccination In Europe As Large Outbreaks Persist
By Reuters, Reuters
Measles is a contagious and sometimes deadly viral disease which can spread very swiftly among unvaccinated children. Italy
Big U.S. Majority Favors Mandatory Vaccinations
By Reuters, Reuters
Older people are clearly more supportive of vaccinations than younger people, the survey showed. New Jersey Governor Chris
CDC Official Dismisses Claim That Undocumented Immigrants Bring Measles Into The U.S.
According to the CDC, seven reported cases of measles have been brought to the U.S. from outside the Americas since January
Toddler Dies Of Measles In Germany, Country Vows To Boost Vaccinations
By Reuters, Reuters
German Health Minister Hermann Groehe said over the weekend "the irrational scaremongering by some of those against vaccinations
Vaccines Protect Our Kids and Our Communities
Alan E. Guttmacher
Senior Advisor, The Permanent Fund for Vermont's Children
I believe passionately that we need to raise our kids in a world where they can thrive and be protected from preventable illnesses that threaten their health and even their lives.
Do Not Bring Your Kids To 'Measles Parties,' Doctors Warn
In 2013, 145,700 people died of measles globally, mostly children under age 5, according to the World Health Organization
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