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Immunization

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 01.21.2016 | 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...

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 percen...

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.

Be Bold: How Gavi Will Immunize Another 300 Million Children

Dagfinn Høybråten | Posted 05.27.2015 | 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 06.01.2015 | 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...