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How Many People Must Be Unvaccinated Before You Have To Worry About Getting Measles?

Posted 03.20.2015 | Healthy Living

By Francie Diep A team of Boston researchers did the math, and confirmed that yes, low rates of vaccination are indeed to blame for the spread of...

A Disease a Day Doesn't Keep Panic Away

Theresa MacPhail | Posted 03.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Theresa MacPhail

So instead of fear mongering, or using fear to garner public support for public health programs and responses, maybe we should start appealing to common sense. We shouldn't always need to be terrified into action.

The Changing Politics and Consistent Science of Vaccinations

Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. | Posted 03.19.2015 | Science
Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr.

It's fascinating how anxiously we await cures to the most horrible diseases like cancer, and yet how easily we dismiss cures to diseases when they exist.

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...

Breaking the Silence on Autism and Vaccines

Utibe Effiong | Posted 03.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Utibe Effiong

As a parent, I can understand the visceral fear of possibly placing your child in harm's way. But the reality is, you can potentially cause them more harm by not vaccinating. There are many who still see a link between vaccines and autism, but for me and most public health scientists, the jury is out: vaccines are innocent in this matter.

The End of Hillary's 140-Character Campaign

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The only way to get control of the situation is to, well, get control of the situation. Hillary Clinton has to take the reins for herself, and get out there and answer questions about the emails.

Lynne Peeples

Anti-Vaccine Haven Digs In As Measles Outbreak Hands Science Crusaders An Edge

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.09.2015 | Healthy Living

VASHON ISLAND, Wash. -- Since arriving from Puerto Rico a year ago, Pedro Alvarez says he has learned a lot about healthy living from other people on ...

How We Can End the Anti-vaccination Feud

John Hewko | Posted 03.05.2015 | Impact
John Hewko

Human nature is human nature, and people with firm beliefs will push back defensively if they feel threatened. The heavy-handed approach often doesn't work.

Medical Myths Are Killing Us

Ace Robinson | Posted 03.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Ace Robinson

In the past few months, I -- and many of my colleagues in the field of Public Health -- have been absolutely horrified by the seemingly growing number of preventable illnesses in this country.

Top-Line Questions From Moms About MMR

Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A | Posted 03.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A

Measles is a serious and highly contagious disease, but, fortunately, we can prevent it with immunizations. I understand that some parents are concerned about vaccines. The evidence about the MMR vaccine's safety and benefits is strong and consistent. Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions I get...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

For Younger Americans, Measles And Polio Seem Like Distant Threats

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 02.25.2015 | Healthy Living

In the wake of recent measles outbreaks, pollsters have noticed a trend: Younger Americans are considerably less convinced of vaccines' safety, less l...

Stop Blaming Illegal Immigrants For the Measles Outbreak

Cynthia Leifer | Posted 02.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Cynthia Leifer

Blaming immigrants for spread of disease is not a new concept in the U.S. and like previous spurious claims, this latest attempt holds no water.

World Health Organization Calls For More Measles Vaccination In Europe

Reuters | Posted 02.25.2015 | Healthy Living

* Seven countries record 22,000 measles cases in 2014/15 * Virus spreads fast in unvaccinated children * WHO Europe dire...

Big U.S. Majority Favors Mandatory Vaccinations

Reuters | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

By Alistair Bell WASHINGTON, Feb 24 (Reuters) - A large majority of Americans favor mandatory vaccinations of children, a Reuters/Ipso...

Roald Dahl, The BFG and the Measles

Ann Reid | Posted 02.19.2015 | Education
Ann Reid

If people are afraid -- and it is fear that underlies the refusal to vaccinate -- they don't need to be badgered or sneered at, they need to be reassured. And that reassurance comes best from someone they trust. If not Roald Dahl, perhaps an older person who might remember what it was like before vaccines.

Defense Rules

Sean Palfrey MD | Posted 02.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Sean Palfrey MD

Everyone possible needs to be vaccinated. Prevention, a tough "defense," is truly our best "offense" in the case of these terrible diseases, not the other way around, and we do have the tools to win. We just need the will.

On the Stubborn Persistence, and the True Underlying Causes, of Vax-O-Noia

David Ropeik | Posted 02.18.2015 | Science
David Ropeik

Hopefully one of the outcomes of this recent Disneyland measles outbreak will be more research to confirm the underlying psychological drivers of Vax-O-Noia. Unless we understand the root cause of this persistent threat to public health and apply that understanding to the task of addressing people's fears, episodes like the current outbreak will continue to occur

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul -- With Our Lives

Dr. Cheryl Healton | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Dr. Cheryl Healton

The U.S. now spends far less on essential public health services than virtually all industrialized nations -- and it shows.

A Simple Solution to the Great American Measles Scare

James Moore | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
James Moore

In an era of profound medical advancements in drug therapies and technologies, the U.S. finds itself immersed in a controversy over the very basic iss...

Most States Do Not Require Teachers To Get Vaccinated

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics

LOS ANGELES (AP) — While much of the attention in the ongoing measles outbreak has focused on student vaccination requirements and exemptions, less ...

Got Science? Vaccinating Ourselves Against Misinformation

Seth Shulman | Posted 02.13.2015 | Science
Seth Shulman

To prevent our children from being sickened and threatened with death by preventable disease, we need to ensure that they get vaccinated. But, to make our vaccination program successful, we also need to find better ways to inoculate ourselves against misinformation. A good place to start is to arm ourselves with the facts.

In Rejecting Measles Vaccination Are You Defying God's Will?

Bernard Starr | Posted 02.12.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

If one believes in the doctrine of creationism--that God created man--one should also embrace its corollary: that God's creation of humans includes the manifestation of human intelligence to improve life on this planet.

Measles Diagnoses Rises To 11 In Illinois

AP | Posted 02.12.2015 | Healthy Living

ELGIN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois public health officials are now reporting 11 people have diagnosed with measles. Cook County Department of Public Heal...

Vaccines Protect Our Kids and Our Communities

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 02.11.2015 | 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...