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One of the biggest vaccination drives ever is underway to beat yellow fever

The Conversation Africa | Posted 08.18.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Jacqueline Weyer, University of Pretoria A yellow fever outbreak in parts of Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has led to more than 4...

More Kids Will Get Vaccinated Under New California Law

EdSource | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.15.2016 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of EdSource, where it was originally published. Mississippi hasn’t had a case of measles since 1992. West Virginia l...

'And the People Support Vaccinations'

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.09.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Neville is far from alone in the anti-vaxxer crusade. He's joined by, among others, Republican State Sen. Laura Woods, whose Westminster race in November will likely determine whether Republicans retain control of the state senate.

Here's The Truth About Vaccines And Herd Immunity

Natalia Reagan | Posted 04.26.2016 | Science
Natalia Reagan

This week is World Immunization Week and what better way to commemorate it than by discussing the facts about vaccines and the importance of herd immunity.

Vaccines: A Global Health Success Story That Keeps Us On Our Toes

Flavia Bustreo | Posted 04.25.2016 | Impact
Flavia Bustreo

During the last two centuries, vaccines have eradicated smallpox, reduced global child mortality rates, and prevented countless birth defects and lifelong disabilities, such as paralysis from polio.

Why Cats Over the Age of 8 Should Get Regular Eye Exams

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 04.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

f a cat's high blood pressure goes unchecked, the most common eventual symptom will be sudden, acute blindness. Blood vessels in the eye will burst, causing the retina to detach, and the kitty will lose part or all of her eyesight.

Meet The Italian Doctor Using Facebook To Fight Anti-Vaxxers

HuffPost Italy | Sara Elkamel | Posted 04.13.2016 | Healthy Living

Shocked by the growing number of children who die from vaccine-preventable diseases in Italy -- as well as stories of parents who refuse to vaccinate ...

Withdrawal of Anti-Vaccination Documentary From Tribeca Film Festival Revives Controversy

Lisa Chau | Posted 04.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Lisa Chau

Robert De Niro opened up an old debate for new scrutiny when he decided to yank Andrew Wakefield's documentary, "Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,...

Booster Shots Recommended for Seniors

Jim T. Miller | Posted 04.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, I just turned 65 and would like to find out what types of vaccinations are recommended to Medicare beneficiaries, and how they are ...

Anti-Vaxxers Are Officially To Blame For The Rise In 2 Illnesses

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 03.23.2016 | Healthy Living

The recent rise in the U.S. of vaccine-preventable diseases has been largely blamed on those who refuse to vaccinate their children. Previous analyses...

A Science Quiz for the Candidates

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics
Shawn Lawrence Otto

Both journalists and politicians believe the general public is as disinterested in science as they are. They think of it as an unorganized and somewhat quixotic special interest without much voting power. Polling shows they are wrong.

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.

A Reality Check On the Global Vaccination Program

Utibe Effiong | Posted 01.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Utibe Effiong

In most countries where vaccination targets are not being met, large populations and weak vaccine programs have led to large numbers of unvaccinated children. Nigeria, like others, is beset by healthcare data quality issues due to a lack of governance, technical knowhow and infrastructure.

Whooping Cough Outbreak In FL Leads To Vaccine Investigations

Live Science | Kimberley Richards | Posted 01.14.2016 | Parents

An outbreak of whooping cough, or pertussis, at a Florida preschool in which nearly all the students had been fully vaccinated against the disease, ra...

Parents Encourage Whooping Cough Vaccination With Touching Tribute To Son

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 01.12.2016 | Parents

After losing their son last year, a mom and dad in Australia are using Facebook to raise awareness for the whooping cough vaccine. According to the Gu...

Happy Birthday, Elvis -- Vaccine Champion Extraordinaire!

Donna M. Butts | Posted 01.08.2016 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

Elvis Presley rocked more than the jailhouse -- he rocked the vaccine world. Elvis, who would have been 81 on Jan. 8, calmed suspicious minds when he took a break during rehearsals at the Ed Sullivan Show in 1956 and got the new Salk polio vaccine.

The Strange Silence of Your Presidential Candidates (and What You Can Do About It)

Matthew Chapman | Posted 12.29.2015 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

Science will, in fact, determine our entire future. Do science and technology therefore deserve a presidential debate all to themselves?

80 Children Get Chicken Pox At School With Low Vaccination Rate

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 12.10.2015 | Healthy Living

An Australian elementary school that calls for "tolerance" of anti-vaxxers is seeing a chicken pox outbreak that's crippling attendance. Brunswick Nor...

Heartbreaking Video Of Baby With Whooping Cough Has Strong Message About Vaccinations

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 11.17.2015 | Parents

An Australian mom has issued a powerful statement about vaccinations with a heartbreaking video of her baby. Mom Rebecca Harreman posted a video on Fa...

Fixing the Pneumonia Epidemic

Michael Hodin | Posted 10.29.2015 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

Just as public, private, and philanthropic leaders did a brilliant job with childhood vaccination decades ago, so too must we bring the same commitment, dedication, and creativity to adult and "life-course" vaccination.

5 Types of Bacteria, 2 Vaccine Types, 1 Important Decision for Parents

William Schaffner, M.D. | Posted 10.28.2015 | Healthy Living
William Schaffner, M.D.

Parents usually rely on their child's pediatrician to keep them up to date on vaccines. But the updated meningococcal vaccine recommendation recently issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is different.

Science in the Movies and Real Life

Terry Newell | Posted 10.15.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

How can we explain this disconnect between life on the screen and on the street? This is not a trivial question. The techniques of science have been instrumental in raising the standard of living of billions, yet disdain for science and scientists, especially when incorporated into political movements, threatens scientific funding, progress and a rational approach to decision making on critical issues.

Let's Talk About Vaccines And Science

Upworthy | Adam Goldberg | Posted 10.12.2015 | Science

The results of the latest study about vaccines and autism are in, and they're not surprising....

Flu Shots as a Corporate Wellness Strategy

Alan Kohll | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business
Alan Kohll

As flu season quickly approaches, it's important to consider your business's role. Not only do corporate flu shots and employee wellness complement one another, but a flu shot clinic can be an absolute asset to any corporate wellness program.

The Flu Shot: It's Not Just for Kids

Society for Women's Health Research | Posted 09.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Society for Women's Health Research

So, how do we know the new shot will protect against the year's new strains? Every year, a panel of experts uses surveillance information to predict the dominant strains in the upcoming flu season. This process has been very successful, with the flu shot matching the dominant strain almost every season since 1995 (