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Jim Carrey Goes On Twitter Rant About California's New Vaccine Law

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 07.01.2015 | Entertainment

Jim Carrey took to Twitter to speak out against California's new law mandating school vaccinations.  On Monday, state lawmakers passed the bill ...

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...

Summertime: The Perfect Time to Vaccinate

Aileen M. Marty | Posted 05.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Aileen M. Marty

Prevention is not only the least expensive form of medicine and the healthiest, it is also the friendliest and most neighborly. Be a good neighbor and enjoy your summer -- get vaccinated.

Protecting Society's Most Vulnerable: Our Children

Dr. Olga Popova | Posted 06.29.2015 | Impact
Dr. Olga Popova

Now, during World Immunization Week, as we celebrate the exceptional commitment of mothers worldwide to protect their children, let us also view this as a rallying call. With 1.5 million deaths each year from vaccine-preventable diseases, there is still much work to be done.

Soldiers Bring Vaccines To People In Areas Prone To Attacks From Boko Haram

IRIN News | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact

This post originally appeared on IRIN News. MAROUA, 13 April 2015 (IRIN) - How do you vaccinate women and children against polio in remote areas p...

Anti-Vax Mom Changes Her Tune After Her 7 Children Come Down With Whooping Cough

The Washington Post | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living

In the ongoing skirmishes between public health officials and vaccine skeptics, I'm scoring this one for the pro-immunization forces. A Canadian woman...

Breaking the Silence on Autism and Vaccines

Utibe Effiong | Posted 05.11.2015 | 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.

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 ...

Stop Blaming Illegal Immigrants For the Measles Outbreak

Cynthia Leifer | Posted 04.27.2015 | 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.

Roald Dahl, The BFG and the Measles

Ann Reid | Posted 04.21.2015 | 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.

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

David Ropeik | Posted 04.20.2015 | 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

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Republicans And Democrats Agree: Science Behind Vaccines Is 'Indisputable'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Standing in the Courthouse Door

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.11.2015 | 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.

Why Some Vaccines Require More Than One Dose

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 02.07.2015 | Healthy Living

Despite being declared beaten in 2000, measles is back, due largely to declining vaccination rates in parts of the United States. "We should not be...

Friday Talking Points -- Live, From the Moon

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Barack Obama is the second Honorable Mention recipient this week, for his impressive public opinion polling on job approval in January. He had his best month (measured by month-to-month improvement) of his entire second term, and the fourth-best month he's ever had as president.

Selfish Politicians Who Politicize Vaccination Endanger the Public

David Ropeik | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
David Ropeik

Parents can opt out of having their kids vaccinated for either philosophical or religious reasons, depending on the state. Posturing as a defender of individual liberty, when people already have it, is selfish political grandstanding and nothing more.

Faith in Vaccines

Katherine Marshall | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
Katherine Marshall

Good news, bad news. Since 2000, over 500 million children have been vaccinated with support from the global alliance for vaccines known as GAVI.

Erin Burnett Gives Passionate Speech About Importance Of Vaccines

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 02.04.2015 | Media

In an impassioned speech scolding parents who refuse to vaccinate their children, CNN's Erin Burnett revealed she is vaccinating her own son. "Look...

Megyn Kelly Says She Supports Mandatory Childhood Vaccination

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 02.03.2015 | Media

Megyn Kelly and Bill O'Reilly agree: Parents should vaccinate their children. During a discussion on "The O'Reilly Factor" Monday night, Kelly and...

Genius 'Star Wars' Poster Campaigned For Vaccines In 1977

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living

The U.S. officially declared measles eliminated way back in 2000, but more than 100 cases of the illness have been identified so far this year. That's...

More Than 100 Cases Of Measles Now Confirmed In U.S.

Reuters | Posted 04.02.2015 | Healthy Living

(Updates with more than 100 confirmed cases of measles nationwide, previous WASHINGTON) By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES, Ja...

Why My Son Isn't Vaccinated (It's Not What You Think)

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents
Jamie Davis Smith

We all want what is best for our children, but the truth is that we are all in this together. Vaccines matter. They save lives. And when they are not given, the impact can be devastating and far-reaching.

Melinda Gates Speaks Out Against The Anti-Vaccine Movement

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.23.2015 | Healthy Living

Expanding the accessibility of vaccinations throughout the developing world has been one of the repeated goals of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundatio...

How You Can Keep Your Whole Family Happy and Healthy This Holiday

Sarah Michelle Gellar | Posted 03.01.2015 | Parents
Sarah Michelle Gellar

Like many moms, I am often so worried about wrapping presents, preparing the holiday dinner and making sure everyone is happy that making sure everyone is healthy doesn't always make it to the top of the list.

Doctor's Perspective: Family Health Tips for the Holiday Season

Siobhan M. Dolan, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Siobhan M. Dolan, M.D., M.P.H.

As a mom, I understand the importance of keeping yourself and your family as healthy as possible. There are many different precautions you can take to stay on top of your family's health, and these tips are just a few ways you can get started.