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What to Watch: Vaccines – Calling the Shots

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Recently, PBS’s NOVA had an episode on the reemergence of diseases (including measles, whooping cough, and mumps) that had previously been largely eradicated in the US by vaccines, in part because nervous parents are skipping their children’s shots. At least ten percent of parents delay or skip some recommended vaccines, and one percent don’t vaccinate at all. What’s driving people away, and what are the consequences? Those are the questions explored in Vaccines — Calling Read More >

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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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