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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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The Dangers of Being Misinformed: Latest Measles Outbreak

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USA Today covered the latest measles outbreak in today’s print edition (see story: Texas Measles Outbreak Linked to Church).  Since measles is still common in many parts of the world, travelers can bring it into the country and infect adults and children who have not been vaccinated. This latest outbreak resulted when a visitor to Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas spread the disease to other members and visitors of the church after contracting Read More >

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Back to School: Time for Immunization Check-In

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Preparing for school means gathering supplies and backpacks. It is also the perfect time to make sure children are up-to-date on their vaccines. Getting all of the recommended vaccines is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health. Vaccines are among the safest and most effective ways to prevent disease. Protecting your child from preventable diseases will help keep them healthy and in school. But vaccines don’t just protect Read More >

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