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Immunization

It's Unacceptable That an Estimated 1.5 Million Children Die Each Year from Preventable Diseases

Caryl M. Stern | Posted 04.30.2016 | Impact
Caryl M. Stern

In countries with little health infrastructure, parents confront a terrifying reality that I can't imagine as an American mother -- diseases such as measles, tetanus, and pneumonia that can kill children or disable them for a lifetime. And, all too often, that's just what happens.

Closing the Immunization Gap: Bringing Vaccines to Doorsteps of Families and Households

Dr. Tedros Adhanom | Posted 04.29.2016 | World
Dr. Tedros Adhanom

As World Immunization Week comes to a close today, it is an opportune time to reflect on the progress made to date with vaccine preventable illnesses....

Here's The Truth About Vaccines And Herd Immunity

Natalia Reagan | Posted 04.26.2016 | Science
Natalia Reagan

This week is World Immunization Week and what better way to commemorate it than by discussing the facts about vaccines and the importance of herd immunity.

How the Polio Vaccine Continues to Change History

Saleena Subaiya | Posted 04.25.2016 | World
Saleena Subaiya

In celebration of World Immunization Week, this short video shows us the experience of polio through the eyes of a polio survivor and one of the world's foremost polio experts, Stephen Cochi.

Measles Reported In One Of California’s Most Unvaccinated Counties

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 04.04.2016 | Healthy Living

Measles results in 146,000 deaths worldwide every year. The school is closed because of the diagnosis. The county has one of the state's lowest v...

Want to Close the Immunization Gap? Summon the Spirit of Jim Grant

Adam Fifield | Posted 03.09.2016 | Impact
Adam Fifield

There are new vaccines, new technologies, new conflicts, and many new players in the field of global health. So what can we still learn from the greatest immunization advocate in history?

Thanks to Vaccines, Meningitis A Is Nearly Eliminated in Africa

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 02.23.2016 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

Today I was humbled and honored to be among global vaccine experts and officials from all 26 African "meningitis belt" countries in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to celebrate one of Africa's biggest public health achievements -- the introduction of a vaccine, MenAfriVac.

HPV Rates Are Going Way Down For Young Women, Study Says

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 02.22.2016 | Healthy Living

The vaccine to prevent human papillomavirus, or HPV, has drastically reduced the number of young women who are contracting the virus, according to fin...

Walking the Talk: Three Keys to Ending Vaccine-Preventable Deaths

Katrin DeCamp | Posted 02.19.2016 | World
Katrin DeCamp

At month's end, African health and finance ministers will meet in Ethiopia for the Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa. Alongside technical experts and policymakers, their focus will be expanding access to vaccines, knowing 1 in 5 African children still don't receive all necessary immunizations.

Powering Programs With the Right Vaccines to the Right Place at the Right Time...

Joel Lamstein | Posted 02.18.2016 | World
Joel Lamstein

Vaccines are among the most effective and inexpensive ways to fight infectious diseases and help people stay healthy. While there are a few people in affluent societies and troubled corners of the world who distrust vaccines, the history cannot be more clear: vaccines work.

Vaccines are Good for Children and Economies

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 02.08.2016 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

As the world scrambles to speed up the development of a Zika vaccine, new data released in Health Affairs shows that in addition to saving lives, vaccines are also an excellent investment in the economic health of communities.

8 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Health While Traveling

SmarterTravel | Posted 03.10.2016 | Travel
SmarterTravel

How many times have you come home from a great vacation with an unwanted souvenir in the form of a nasty cold or stomach bug? Or even worse, started f...

Don't Fall For These 10 Cold And Flu Myths

U.S. News & World Report | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.17.2015 | Healthy Living

You’ve washed your hands and taken vitamin C, but you still managed to catch your office cubemate’s germs. Part of avoiding a cold or the flu is k...

Fixing the Pneumonia Epidemic

Michael Hodin | Posted 10.29.2015 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

Just as public, private, and philanthropic leaders did a brilliant job with childhood vaccination decades ago, so too must we bring the same commitment, dedication, and creativity to adult and "life-course" vaccination.

5 Types of Bacteria, 2 Vaccine Types, 1 Important Decision for Parents

William Schaffner, M.D. | Posted 10.28.2015 | Healthy Living
William Schaffner, M.D.

Parents usually rely on their child's pediatrician to keep them up to date on vaccines. But the updated meningococcal vaccine recommendation recently issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is different.

Are Immunization Schedules Negotiable?

Jim Anderson | Posted 10.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Jim Anderson

With the recent hubbub about vaccinations highlighted in one of the presidential debates, I'm left to ponder the issue of vaccine schedule negotiation...

Betting on Better Data

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 08.25.2015 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

To close the gap, we first need to understand why progress has stalled. Better data collection can unlock those answers, and help us find new ways to maximize donor investments in vaccines.

Seattle's Polio Vaccination Rate Is Lower Than Many Developing Countries

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 07.17.2015 | Healthy Living

While the United States' polio vaccination rate among 1-year-olds sits around 93 percent, Seattle's rate is in free fall: Currently, only 81.4 percent...

Controversial California Vaccine Bill Clears One Of Its Last Hurdles

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics

California's hotly debated mandatory vaccine bill passed the state Assembly on Thursday, leaving just one more floor vote before it heads to Gov. Jerr...

Mandatory Vaccine Bill Passes In California Senate

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics

A bill that would make vaccines mandatory for nearly every child in California passed the state Senate on Thursday morning. The controversial bill ...

Video Shows How 'Immunization Gap' Leaves Many Children At Risk. Here's How You Can Help

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact

It's a sentence no mother wants to hear when her child's health is at stake: "Sorry, we've run out of vaccines." But it's a bleak reality many fam...

The Steps It Will Take to Get Every Child Vaccinated

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 06.27.2015 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

Vaccines are one of the best investments we can make to give every child a healthy start at life. The world must come together to get more vaccines to all children who need them.

Close the Immunization Gap! Get Vaccinated

Flavia Bustreo | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Flavia Bustreo

Until the second half of the 20th century, the only way a child could become immune to infectious diseases like whooping cough or measles was to actually get the disease and survive it. Too often, however, infection led to tragic, premature death.

California Vaccine Bill Passes Major Hurdle

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

California's mandatory vaccine bill, inspired by the state's recent measles outbreak, passed the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday. Under the bi...

Partners Unite to Battle Brain Fever

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 06.06.2015 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

Laos began its JE vaccination campaign in 2013, and moving forward, Gavi will fund more than 1.5 million doses to ensure that every child between 12 months and 15 years of age has been vaccinated.