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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), which is a great opportunity to recognize the importance of vaccination. The National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC), in collaboration with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, reminds us that safe and effective immunizations represent one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century. Immunizations are important because they not only protect the person receiving the vaccine, but Read More >

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Back to School: Are You and Your Loved Ones Up-To-Date on Vaccinations?

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The back to school hustle slowly creeps up in August; but before you buy your kid pencils, notebooks and the backpack they “must have,” make sure that they—and you—are up to date with vaccinations and immunizations! The Center for Disease Control has dedicated this month to raise awareness of the benefits of immunization to prevent the spread of disease. National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) encourages people to communicate the importance of protecting and defending lifelong Read More >

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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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The Value of Prevention

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Vaccines are widely recognized as one of the most important advances in medical history. Once-devastating diseases like polio, which at its peak claimed the lives of nearly 6,000 Americans each year, have been nearly eradicated. A report issued by the CDC in April estimated that vaccines will prevent 732,000 deaths and 21 million hospitalizations among children born in the US over the past 20 years. Despite this track record of overwhelming success, a recent New Read More >

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Remembering Ciro de Quadros, Vaccines Champion

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Dr. Ciro de Quadros, a global health leader and champion of immunization, passed away on Wednesday in Washington. He was 74. Dr. de Quadros is most well-known for leading a vaccination campaign that eradicated polio in Latin America. As the director of the Pan American Health Organization in 1985, he began sending teams of health care workers to remote and often war-torn areas of 15 countries in the region to administer vaccines to children. In Read More >

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