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Zika, Vaccines and Climate Change: Convergence of Right and Left Extremism

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Consider two people circumnavigating the globe at the equator from the same starting point but moving in opposite directions; the two points furthest apart converge at the end where the journey began; so too here with anti-science zealotry on left and right: They merge together in a bond of extremism. Nowhere can this circle of delusion be seen better than with the emergence of the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that can cause devastating brain damage in newborns.

5 Old-Time Diseases That Are Making a Comeback

Health.com | Posted 01.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Health.com

By Michael Gollust Measles, tuberculosis... bubonic plague?! If headlines about old-time diseases on the comeback have you worried, you're not alone....

2015: Best & Worst in Health Justice

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics
Sanjeev K. Sriram

As we close 2015, let's reflect on how we harmed and helped each other's health and wellness with two Top 5 lists for the year: the first for our shortcomings, and the second for our successes.

Your State Likely Can't Handle An Infectious Disease Outbreak

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 12.18.2015 | Healthy Living

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Working Toward a World Where All Children are Safe From Measles and Rubella

John E. Lange | Posted 12.14.2015 | Impact
John E. Lange

One of the major factors contributing to the stalled progress is chronic underfunding of measles and rubella immunization activities, resulting in delayed and canceled immunization activities.

Many Americans Don't Get Recommended Vaccines Before Travel

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.12.2015 | Healthy Living

Americans who travel abroad often do not receive the recommended vaccines that would protect them from certain illnesses, new research suggests. One ...

'Is Mommy Okay?'

Kristie Stumpf Rork | Posted 10.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristie Stumpf Rork

Luckily, there are vaccines that prevent these viruses, and many others, from destroying our children. Vaccines that keep our families safe and intact. So no parent has to worry about whether their child will die, or worse, be permanently disabled by a preventable disease.

"Give Measles a Chance" - an Anti-Vaxxer Protest Song

Roy Zimmerman | Posted 09.23.2015 | Comedy
Roy Zimmerman

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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...

There Was A Silver Lining To The Disneyland Measles Outbreak

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 07.09.2015 | Healthy Living

The Disneyland measles outbreak earlier this year may have had a silver lining. According to a new poll, it improved parents' attitudes towa...

California Lawmakers Pass One Of Nation's Strictest Vaccination Laws

AP | JULIA HOROWITZ | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Monday sent the governor a contentious bill that would impose one of the strictest school vaccinat...

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...

An Anthropological Approach To California's Vaccination Problem

Pacific Standard | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living

As we were reminded during California's recent measles outbreak, a surprising number of well-educated people decide each year not to have their childr...

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 ...

I Love LA, But Not the Low Vaccination Rates

Morra Aarons-Mele | Posted 05.05.2015 | Parents
Morra Aarons-Mele

What would enacting 277 mean? Parents can still elect not to vaccinate their kids -- they just can't send unvaccinated children to public school. There are no exemptions in SB277, unless they have a medical exemption.

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.

In Celebration of National Public Health Week

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

During this National Public Health Week, I celebrate all of public health partners across the city and the country. Thank you for all that you do. I am proud to work in public health and to serve with you.

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 05.19.2015 | 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 05.19.2015 | 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 01.30.2016 | 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 05.09.2015 | 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 05.05.2015 | 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.