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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.

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 disea...

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 (

Autism and Vaccination Day (It's Not What You Think)

Shanell Mouland | Posted 09.23.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

Let me tell you the tale of two sweet little girls and a very special dog heading to the doctor with their sleep-deprived and slightly cranky mother. It all happened on a Tuesday... or was it Wednesday?

Dr. Carson, Dr.Paul, Meet Dr. Hippocrates

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics
Jonathan D. Moreno

In the Republican debate last Wednesday, the two doctors on the stage dangerously hedged on vaccinations. Ben Carson and Rand Paul could have just said, "Get your kid vaccinated, it's important," and left it at that. Instead they pandered to the crowd. In doing so they violated their moral commitment.

Fight the Anti-Vaccine Rhetoric With Science

Jennifer Raff | Posted 08.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Raff

The goal is not only to improve science literacy in a general way, but also to get out the message that parents who vaccinate are in the majority and that their decision is supported by their community as well as other parents from all sides of the political and social spectrum.

Carly Fiorina's Fuzzy Vaccine Claims Debunked

FactCheck.org | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics

The following post first appeared on FactCheck.org. Carly Fiorina recently said some unnamed vaccine-preventable diseases are “...

Let's Remember Why Fetal Tissue Research Matters

Michele Goodwin | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics
Michele Goodwin

Planned Parenthood has become the battered scapegoat, bullied by a Senate that historically and profoundly excludes women. Lost in the politicking over this issue is the bravery and courage of women who agreed to be donors. Without them, the vaccines and medicines on which all Americans rely might not exist.

Beyond Cigars, Salsa, Mojitos and Malecón: Finally, a Changing Cuba

Jim Laurie | Posted 09.10.2015 | Latino Voices
Jim Laurie

We cannot help but watch with admiration as Cubans, many of whom are part of an emerging, entrepreneurial and professional middle class, work their way forward, escaping want and scarcity, reinventing themselves, and building a new Cuba.

Yujia Pan

Here's What Low-Income Families Think About Mandatory Vaccination

HuffingtonPost.com | Yujia Pan | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics

From the Twitterverse to the Golden Gate Bridge, California's strict new law requiring childhood vaccination generated very public blowback last week....

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...