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Some Parents Choose To Put Kids In Harm's Way

Julie Gunlock | Posted 01.27.2015 | Parents
Julie Gunlock

It's absurd that senseless fear of a vaccination or certain chemicals used in the vaccination should lead to the unnecessary death or serious illness of a child.

Doctors Urge Measles Shots As Disneyland Outbreak Spreads

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2015 | Healthy Living

(State public health agency cites unvaccinated individuals as principal factor in outbreak) By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES...

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

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 01.26.2015 | 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.

15 Things That Need to End in 2015

John Willey | Posted 01.08.2015 | Parents
John Willey

We all talk about how much we want to change in the new year, but things usually end up pretty much the same as in years past. But there are some things that HAVE to change in the new year.

9 Measles Patients All Have One Thing In Common: A Recent Disney Trip

AP | Posted 01.07.2015 | Healthy Living

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- State health officials say seven Californians and two people in Utah have confirmed cases of measles likely contracted on a...

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

Sarah Michelle Gellar | Posted 12.30.2014 | 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.

The Sexist Case For Vaccinating My Daughter

Jeff Bogle | Posted 01.04.2015 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

My silence was deafening, to me at least. Do my girls have a dad who won't stand up to crap like that from archaic people who still believe a girl's chief purpose in life is to make themselves "cute" for boys?

I on Beauty: Chapter 9: Illnesses You Should Worry About More than Ebola

Irene Michaels | Posted 12.29.2014 | Fifty
Irene Michaels

The biggest news outlets have been reeling with Ebola horror stories for weeks now, and while this terrible virus is certainly cause for alarm in West Africa (and precaution elsewhere), the risk to North Americans currently remains quite low.

Kim Bellware

Author Explains How 'Anti-Vaxxers' Mirror The 'One Percent'

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bellware | Posted 10.28.2014 | Books

Shots are unpleasant by nature, but award-winning writer Eula Biss explored just how complex the pain around the modern vaccination debate has grown w...

Jenny McCarthy Claims She's 'Not Anti-Vaccine' ... Again

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 10.24.2014 | Parents

Jenny McCarthy might be the celebrity poster child for the anti-vaccine movement, but she is once again saying she's not really anti-vaccine. The ...

The Only Right Answer When It Comes To Vaccines

Emma Jenner | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Emma Jenner

I've seen the vaccination debate from many angles, and I think I can help clear some things up. Above all, I want to make it clear to those frightened parents that there's nothing to be afraid of. Here are the most common concerns I hear, and some responses.

"The Doctor's Dilemma"

Joseph Cooper | Posted 12.14.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Despite all that bile, the dilemmas portrayed in Shaw's 1906 play might inform some thinking about how we distribute decontamination equipment and intensive-care teams; how we allocate protective gear, bio-containment facilities, isolation rooms, and life-saving vaccines.

Sincere and Sincerely Wrong: Making Children Less Safe In The Name of Safety

Lauren Harris | Posted 11.29.2014 | Parents
Lauren Harris

There are several reasons people choose not to vaccinate their children, primarily born from misinformation from anti-vaccine advocates.

Dr. Drew: Parents Shouldn't Dismiss Doctors On Vaccinations

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 09.26.2014 | Healthy Living

Dr. Drew Pinsky had strong words for parents who ignore the expertise of their children's doctors and don't complete vaccination schedules. When P...

Vaccination Options Available to Seniors this Flu Season

Jim T. Miller | Posted 11.24.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Depending on your health, age and personal preference, there's a buffet of flu shots available to seniors this flu season, along with two vaccinations for pneumonia that you should consider getting too.

Ignorance Kills

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 11.19.2014 | Science
Jeff Schweitzer

When fiction becomes confused with fact, we sever our critical tether to reality. The conclusions from years of careful research, scrutinized by competing scientists and published in peer-reviewed journals carry no more weight with the public than the random thoughts of a bloated pundit.

Some LA Schools Immunization Rates Are On Par With South Sudan's

The Hollywood Reporter | Gary Baum | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living

Vaccination rates are plummeting at top Hollywood schools, from Malibu to Beverly Hills, from John Thomas Dye to Turning Point, where affluent, educat...

CDC Says Infant Vaccination Rates Are High But Some Are Still Lagging

Reuters | Posted 10.28.2014 | Parents

By David Beasley ATLANTA, Aug 28 (Reuters) - U.S. infant vaccination rates for diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella increased o...

A Doctor's Experience With Unvaccinated Children

Kristie Rivers, MD, FAAP | Posted 10.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristie Rivers, MD, FAAP

I don't like to use scare tactics to convince parents to vaccinate their children, but the experiences I have had working in a hospital are very real, and I have watched children suffer terribly because they weren't immunized.

Is It the Flu or Meningococcal Meningitis? Don't Wait to Find Out

Dara Torres | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Dara Torres

This disease is rare, but it can potentially take an otherwise-healthy child's life within 24 hours. It is important to know that this disease can be prevented. So I am sure you are reading this and wondering why isn't it prevented?

Deadly Cat Virus Outbreak Hits Hawaii For The First Time Ever

The Huffington Post | Clarke Reilly | Posted 07.18.2014 | Green

An outbreak of a deadly cat virus is spreading on the Hawaiian island of Maui and has officials concerned about the island's cat population. As far as...

What Happens When We Take A Stance Just For The Sake Of Taking A Stance?

Alissa Fleck | Posted 08.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Alissa Fleck

How do we disrupt the momentum of something so dangerous as the anti-vaxxer movement? We start with the bystanders. We urge them: If you decide to take a stance, make sure you have enough information to stand by it with conviction.

10 Outrageous Things You May Have Heard About Vaccines

BuzzFeed | Posted 05.01.2014 | Impact

There’s lots of hot air circulating about vaccines. We’re here to set the record straight, because vaccines are at the heart of our work – keepi...

Protecting Our Tomorrows on World Meningitis Day

Anne Geddes | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Anne Geddes

This amazing project saw me travel around the world photographing brave survivors. As a photographer and mother, it was incredibly moving to meet these young people and see firsthand the impact that meningococcal disease has had on their lives.

Chili's Cancels Plan To Fundraise For Anti-Vaccination Autism Group

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 04.07.2014 | Business

UPDATE: 5:15 P.M. EST -- Chili's has canceled the event after negative feedback from customers. “While we remain committed to supporting the chil...