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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...

Picking Comedic Targets

Nathan Timmel | Posted 06.22.2015 | Comedy
Nathan Timmel

To me, evil is defined as someone out to cause harm, and with that in mind I made fun of the anti-vaccination movement. I feel that if you are willingly allowing preventable disease to exist on this planet, then you deserve to be made fun of.

Social Distancing and the Unvaccinated

The New England Journal of Medicine | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
The New England Journal of Medicine

Though social distancing may represent a key public health measure, such infringement of individual rights should be minimized and undertaken only when necessary to protect the public's health.

California Lawmakers Pass Vaccine Bill Amid Emotional Debate

AP | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers approved a hotly contested bill that would impose one of the strictest vaccination laws in the countr...

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...

The Power To Create A World Where No Child Dies From Preventable Disease Is In Our Hands

Minda Dentler | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Minda Dentler

One month ago, I was nervously holding my 2-month-old daughter in my lap at our pediatrician's office in New York City, waiting for her to get her first series of vaccinations. What would have appeared to be a routine visit was, in fact, a huge moment in my life.

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.

Jesse Rifkin

Rubella Eradicated From The Americas

HuffingtonPost.com | Jesse Rifkin | Posted 04.29.2015 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON -- Smallpox was the first, in 1971. Then polio, in 1994. Wednesday, the Pan American Health Organization said two more diseases had been er...

Saving Lives by Dinnertime: The Balancing Act of Global Health Parenting

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 06.29.2015 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

Our two daughters, Jessie and Abby, get vaccines. Not only do they receive their shots on schedule, but they've grown to understand why we've chosen to dedicate our careers to expanding access to immunization -- and they now know why we have to travel long distances, sometimes for extended periods of time, to help ensure that kids get the vaccines they need.

This Infographic Proves Why We Need To Stop Believing Myths Related To Vaccinations

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.28.2015 | Impact

It's getting more and more difficult to justify the decision not to vaccinate a child. In recognition of World Immunization Week from April 24-30,...

California Lawmaker To Revive Bill Requiring Vaccinations Despite Personal Beliefs

Reuters | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 21 (Reuters) - The author of a California bill to require school children to be vaccinated for such d...

Film Seeks to Compel Parents to Ask Hard Questions about Mercury and Vaccinations

Tamar Abrams | Posted 06.19.2015 | Parents
Tamar Abrams

There are few issues more polarizing these days than vaccines. Merely saying the word forces us to claim a side, often vehemently. Which is why it's i...

Kristen Bell: Facts Are Your Friends -- Vaccinate Your Children

Kristen Bell | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristen Bell

At first, I leaned toward keeping our kids vaccine-free. I thought the concern about vaccination made sense. But after hearing both sides of the argument, I decided facts were my friends. I couldn't rely on word-of-mouth, friend-of-a-friend information. It was going to require actual research from vetted sources; I wanted the truth.

Here's How Anti-Vaxxers Actually Sound

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living

Sorry anti-vaxxers, but this video just made your argument sound a lot more ridiculous. Put together by Alex Hluch of sketch comedy group Girl Pan...

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.

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.

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.

Jimmy Kimmel Fires Back Over Vaccination Mean Tweets

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 03.03.2015 | Comedy

Jimmy Kimmel is giving anti-vaccination advocates a taste of their own medicine. After airing a segment with doctors hilariously explaining the rea...

'R' Is for Republican and Reverse

Gerry Myers | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Democrats keep trying to drive our country forward with policies designed to help Americans in the 21st century. Unfortunately, Republicans are stuck in reverse. In 2016, let's find Democratic candidates who will move the country forward.

Jimmy Kimmel Gathers Doctors For A Must-Hear Vaccination PSA

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 03.02.2015 | Parents

On Thursday's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, the talk show host joined the masses of celebrities, politicians, and parent bloggers who have weighed in ...

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Support For Legal Marijuana Remains Strong In Colorado

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

Support for legalized marijuana remains strong in Colorado. Most Americans agree that Muslims face discrimination. And a growing minority support send...

Big U.S. Majority Favors Mandatory Vaccinations

Reuters | Posted 04.26.2015 | Politics

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

A Gun Violence Vaccine

Mike Weisser | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

Vaccinations protect the human species against diseases for which there is no cure once the infection occurs. In this respect, vaccines become the cure for certain diseases through prevention, whereas we usually think of being cured as what doctors do to us after we get sick.