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Immunization

2015: Full Speed Ahead

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

We are already midway through the first month of the 2015—and more importantly, midway through the Decade of Vaccines. With much to accomplish, ...

Measles In The Magic Kingdom? It's A Small World, After All

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If you choose to avoid standard, recommended vaccines such as measles, you are not merely putting your own health at risk -- you are choosing to do the same for all the rest of us. Sorry, folks, but that's the harsh reality.

A Birthday Gift to Last a Lifetime

Seth Berkley, M.D. | Posted 01.22.2015 | Impact
Seth Berkley, M.D.

In recent years, huge progress has been made in improving the odds for these children, with child mortality halving from 12.6 million deaths a year in 1990 to 6.3 million today. Much of this has been achieved through improved access to vaccines.

How I Almost Chickened Out of Chicken Pox

Cara Paiuk | Posted 12.19.2014 | Parents
Cara Paiuk

There was no such thing as a varicella vaccine when I was growing up. Getting the chicken pox was a fact of life, a rite of passage for everyone. Except for me.

Ebola Vaccines: Why Clinical Trials Are Just the First Step

Seth Berkley, M.D. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Science
Seth Berkley, M.D.

Millions of doses will be needed, and not just to help end the current epidemic but also, crucially, as a stockpile to prevent future outbreaks from getting out of control.

The Flu Vaccine: of Flubbing and Drubbing

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The bottom line is that anti-vaccine sentiment and associated conspiracy theories are a luxury accessible only to societies largely spared the historical toll of dreadful, vaccine-preventable diseases. If our children were still prone to polio, any anti-vaccine evangelists would be trampled by the mob rushing to the immunization clinic

Increasing Adult Immunization: Great Opportunities, Great Challenges

William Schaffner, M.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
William Schaffner, M.D.

Now is a perfect time to issue a wake-up call to health care professionals who treat adult patients. Adults are not just grown up children, and they need vaccines, too. So what needs to happen to change this picture?

"The Doctor's Dilemma"

Joseph Cooper | Posted 12.14.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Despite all that bile, the dilemmas portrayed in Shaw's 1906 play might inform some thinking about how we distribute decontamination equipment and intensive-care teams; how we allocate protective gear, bio-containment facilities, isolation rooms, and life-saving vaccines.

A Doctor's Perspective: How to Help Protect Yourself and Your Family Against Vaccine-Preventable Illnesses

Siobhan M. Dolan, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Siobhan M. Dolan, M.D., M.P.H.

Vaccines are one of the greatest public health accomplishments, and they have led to the significant reduction of several infectious disease in the United States. However, in recent years, vaccination rates have decreased, and vaccine-preventable illnesses are making a comeback.

WATCH: Getting Ahead Of The Curve -- The Case For Prevention

Posted 06.26.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 2:40 - 3:40pm and 4:40 - 5:40pm EST. The problem with prevention is that when it works, no one really notices. Although perhaps not a...

Expanding Impact, Replenishing Hope

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 07.27.2014 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

To say this has been a global health accomplishment of epic proportions would not be an overstatement.

12 Habits of Highly Heathy People

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living
William B. Bradshaw

New experiences can be both exciting and scary, but overcoming your fear, embracing your strengths, and demonstrating curiosity will reap the benefits of personal growth and discovery, contributing to good health.

New WHO Report Provides Road Map for Effective Vaccine Introductions

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 06.07.2014 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

In the mid-1990s, when I started working with the World Health Organization (and at that time, the Children's Vaccine Initiative, a pre-cursor to the ...

Is measles vaccination the biggest unrecognized success in global health?

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

During an interview with CNN this week, Dr. Hans Rosling - iconic co-founder of Gapminder and professor of global health at the Karolinska Institutet ...

God Created Gravity: Why the U.S. Can't Keep Pace With Slovenia

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 02.05.2014 | Science
Jeff Schweitzer

The far right can stick their collective heads in the sand and talk about American exceptionalism, but the rest of the world is getting educated in the meantime. America is indeed number one -- in self-delusion.

Driving Blind

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

One of the requirements for a driver's license is the ability to see. One of the first things you learn in driving school is to keep your eyes on the...

Transparency Is a Two-Way Window

Dagfinn Høybråten | Posted 11.05.2013 | Impact
Dagfinn Høybråten

While it is important to root out corruption in developing countries it is also worth remembering that by definition transparency should work both ways; that it is equally about holding wealthy nations and aid organizations to account.

A Promise Is a Promise

Dagfinn Høybråten | Posted 10.18.2013 | Impact
Dagfinn Høybråten

In 2011 my organisation the GAVI Alliance held its first ever pledging conference in London, an historic meeting where we committed to help developing countries immunize an additional quarter of a billion children by 2015, and prevent four million future deaths in the process.

Let's Talk About What Really Matters

Caryl M. Stern | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Caryl M. Stern

Last night in Washington, a group of leaders gathered to talk about something that really matters. Not political gossip, but children. The 18,000 young children who die each day of things we know how to prevent.

I'm Coming Out... as Pro-Vaccine

JJ Keith | Posted 11.24.2013 | Parents
JJ Keith

This tendency for vaccinating parents to stay out of the discussion is what's causing vaccination to lose its bandwagon appeal. Anti-vaxers are loud. The rest of us need to be loud too, because there's nothing crunchy about a resurgence of polio.

Failure to Vaccinate Children: An Unconscionable Twist of Faith

Claire Pomeroy | Posted 11.19.2013 | Science
Claire Pomeroy

The Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas, promoted National Immunization Awareness Month through tragic irony: Twenty-one children and adults connected to the church contracted measles. Church leaders had been advising congregants against vaccination.

Enough Flu-ing Around!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The flu vaccine is far from perfect. It can fail to prevent flu and there can be rare complications. But it usually does prevent flu, and complications of the flu itself are more common by literal orders of magnitude.

Emi Boscamp

What You Need To Know About Vaccinations And Medications Before Traveling Abroad

HuffingtonPost.com | Emi Boscamp | Posted 08.06.2013 | Travel

Before traveling abroad, many people have questions about how to protect themselves from foreign bacterial or viral illnesses. The threat of infection...

Jenny McCarthy's Got The Wrong View On Vaccinations

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 04.22.2014 | Parents
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

Jenny's McCarthy's appointment to the chair vacated by Elisabeth Hasselbeck on The View has critics up in arms. The new post gives McCarthy the opportunity to share her opinions with three million viewers -- many of them mothers -- each day.

Twenty million reasons to keep up momentum on global immunizations

Peter Yeo | Posted 06.24.2013 | World
Peter Yeo

In the past two decades, immunization efforts have averted an estimated 20 million deaths globally. Yet, for all the progress that has been made--than...