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Immunization

The Steps It Will Take to Get Every Child Vaccinated

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 04.27.2015 | 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 04.27.2015 | 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 04.06.2015 | 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.

Be Bold: How Gavi Will Immunize Another 300 Million Children

Dagfinn Høybråten | Posted 03.31.2015 | Impact
Dagfinn Høybråten

A challenge stands before us: ensuring immunization of the world's poorest children. If we as global citizens can meet it, we will help protect the lives of millions in places too poor to afford vaccines.

Mandatory Vaccine Bills Fail In 2 States

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics

Legislation in Oregon and Washington state that would have made it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children failed last week in the...

Grandparents Have a Role in Vaccination Discussion

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 05.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

Grandparents can explain their concerns for their grandchildren. If they -- like me -- are old enough to have had measles or remember past epidemics, they can recall a person in their community who died or was impaired by this seemingly innocuous disease.

What I Tell Parents Who Ask Me About Alternate Vaccine Schedules

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 05.02.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

So much of this is about trust: Helping families trust not just me, but all the research and science behind vaccines, helping them trust the people who truly are experts as opposed to the people who say they are, but aren't.

GOP Congressman Says He Didn't Vaccinate His Children

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) told a town hall audience in Georgia last week that he thinks parents should decide whether to have their ...

What's Working: Public Health Progress Since the Haiti 2010 Earthquake

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 04.25.2015 | World
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

As a country, Haiti has faced and continues to face enormous difficulties, but it has also proven remarkably resilient.

Progress Toward a Polio-Free Africa: The View From Cameroon

John E. Lange | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
John E. Lange

February 11 marked six months since the onset of the last confirmed case of wild poliovirus on the African continent. That is longer than at any time in recorded history. There is now a chance that we are on the verge of a historic achievement in global health: an Africa free of wild poliovirus.

Where Public Health Meets Propaganda, You Are Being Played!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

But here's the thing, folks: if you buy into this nonsense, and meaning no disrespect, you are not merely wrong. You are wrong about why you are wrong.

Vaccines Protect Our Kids and Our Communities

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 04.13.2015 | Parents
Alan E. Guttmacher

I believe passionately that we need to raise our kids in a world where they can thrive and be protected from preventable illnesses that threaten their health and even their lives.

Lydia O'Connor

Do Not Bring Your Kids To 'Measles Parties,' Doctors Warn

HuffingtonPost.com | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.11.2015 | Healthy Living

California health officials and doctors are strongly urging parents not to intentionally expose their kids to infectious diseases after news broke tha...

8 Eye-Opening Facts About Vaccines

Kyle McCarthy | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Kyle McCarthy

In 2000, measles was eradicated in the United States, but has recently re-emerged and infected over 100 people in at least 14 states. Many doctors point to parents not vaccinating their children as the reason the virus is now spreading in the United States.

6 Dangerous Anti-Vaccination Arguments That Need To Be Shut Down

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 02.06.2015 | Science

Science has provided ample evidence that childhood vaccines are safe and effective, and public health authorities maintain that vaccines are as import...

Holism, Holes and Poles

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The trouble with holistic medicine, or integrative medicine, is less the holes that can be poked in it by self-proclaimed sentinels of evidence, and more our prevailing tendency to gravitate to diametric poles. The best way forward is the road less traveled, which lies, as it often does, in the middle.

2015: Full Speed Ahead

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 03.28.2015 | 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, I compiled a quick list of the 10 advances in global health and vaccinations I would like to see in 2015.

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

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.25.2015 | 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 03.24.2015 | 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 02.18.2015 | 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 02.04.2015 | 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 02.04.2015 | 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.