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WSJ: The Measles Outbreak Coming Near You

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We’ve written before about the disturbing rise in the prevalence of diseases that, thanks to vaccines, had once been considered eradicated or near-eradicated in the US. In today’s Wall Street Journal, Dr. Haider Javed Warraich, a physician at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and an instructor at Harvard Medical School, discusses the problem in depth: Measles is making a terrifying comeback in the U.S., with some 600 cases reported this year, more Read More >

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Separating Science from Fiction

The Atlantic recently published a story on the dangers of anti-vaccine rhetoric, “Destabilizing the Jenny McCarthy Public-Health Industrial Complex.” The article describes the hysteria around the alleged link between autism and vaccines, which has since been scientifically discredited. The public campaign created fear among parents, some of whom chose not to vaccinate their children. As the author states, “Anti-vaccinators risk not only the lives of their own children, but also those of others who are Read More >

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As Vaccine Exemptions Rise, Risk of Outbreaks Intensifies

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Generally, we think of vaccines as protecting the vaccinated. We often forget that vaccines, when administered to enough people, protect those in the community who cannot be vaccinated due to certain health conditions, who are too young to be vaccinated, or who experience vaccine failure. This “herd immunity,” as it’s called, is analogous to the concept of ‘safety in numbers’ and is critical to outbreak prevention. However, as reported by Valerie Bauerlein and Betsy McKay Read More >

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