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USA Today: Vaccine opt-outs put public health at risk

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In an editorial yesterday, USA Today’s editors called attention to a growing public health problem: the resurgence of vaccine preventable illnesses as a result of parents choosing to forgo vaccinating their children. The paper notes recent outbreaks of measles in small clusters, including Orange County, California, which saw 22 cases reported this month, and Brooklyn, New York. In all of 2013, there were 189 cases reported nationwide. Already this year, we’ve seen 115 cases, in Read More >

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NPR’s Shots Blog: Vaccine Fears Fueled The Resurgence Of Preventable Diseases

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This past weekend, Michaeleen Doucleff at NPR’s Shots blog shared a fascinating but disturbing map from the Council on Foreign Relations, How Vaccine Fears Fueled The Resurgence Of Preventable Diseases. The map covers 2008-2013 and shows outbreaks of measles, mumps, rubella, polio, whooping cough, and other diseases that are preventable with vaccines. As the article notes, we’ve seen a large increase in whooping cough cases here in the US. While the 24,000 cases seen in Read More >

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Children in Philippines Receive Vaccines Against Measles, Polio

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The Government of the Philippines with support from UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other partners recently announced a mass campaign to vaccinate more than 30,000 children against measles and polio in typhoon-hit Tacloban. They also received Vitamin A supplements to help improve their immunity against infections. More than 5,000 people were killed and more than 1,600 people are missing two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines. More than a million homes 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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Immunization Awareness Month: The importance of recommended vaccinations

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month. As children prepare to return to school, it is important for them to receive nationally recommended vaccines against diseases such as measles. While reduced incidence of measles in the U.S. has led to widespread complacency about the disease, there were 118 reported cases of measles in this country from January 1 to May 20, 2011 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Measles is a serious disease Read More >

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