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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 | 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 | 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...

Lynne Peeples

The Public Health Consequences Of Shoddy Science | Lynne Peeples | Posted 02.12.2015 | Green

The current outbreak of measles, on pace to become the largest since the disease was declared eliminated in the U.S. more than a decade ago, was made ...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Republicans And Democrats Agree: Science Behind Vaccines Is 'Indisputable' | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Despite a week of political controversy over childhood vaccinations, the American public remains largely undivided on the issue. Whil...

U.S. Measles Count Increases To 154 Across 17 States

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 02.24.2015 | Healthy Living

As of February 20, 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has documented 154 cases of measles in 17 states and Washington D.C. Most o...

3 New Measles Cases Reported In Suburban Chicago

AP | Posted 02.10.2015 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO (AP) -- Health officials say three more cases of measles have been confirmed in suburban Chicago, bringing the total number of cases to eight....

Over 100 Cases Of Measles Confirmed In California

Reuters | Dan Whitcomb | Posted 02.09.2015 | Healthy Living

LOS ANGELES, Feb 9 (Reuters) - A total of 107 cases of measles have been confirmed in California, more than a third of them linked to an outbreak that...

Standing in the Courthouse Door

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The chief justice of Alabama's supreme court is making a stand in the courthouse door. This is not literally happening, the way it did in 1963 when Alabama Gov. George Wallace made a similar stand in the schoolhouse door. But in both cases, high Alabama officials are trying to preserve the state's ability to discriminate against a segment of its population.

Top Questions About The Measles Outbreak And Vaccine, Answered

Posted 02.09.2015 | Parents

By: Tia Ghose, Rachael Rettner and Tanya Lewis Published: 02/06/2015 10:17 AM EST on LiveScience The U.S. measles outbreak now includes at least...

Dr. America Calls Out Vaccine Villains

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Sanjeev K. Sriram

Despite the media attention given to the Vaccine Villains, I am glad we have some political leaders who seem to be following Spider-Man's motto: "With great power comes great responsibility."

Infant In Georgia Diagnosed With Measles

Reuters | Posted 02.09.2015 | Healthy Living

By David Beasley ATLANTA, Feb 9 (Reuters) - An infant in Georgia has been diagnosed with measles, marking the state's first reported c...