We must not allow anti-vaccination rhetoric to undermine these critically-important methods for keeping children and adults safe from illness or disease.
But even now, 50 years later, she says that the time she spent in Africa "gave me a formation ... and left me with a sense of all the things you can do as one person." Of all her life experiences, she says, this one -- caring for families half a world away from her home country -- "probably marked me the most."
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.
As a social worker, my Mom dedicated her career to helping other people. After she retired, she volunteered helping immigrant students prepare for their GEDs. Because of her, I've always been curious about other countries and cultures, and have tried to find ways to help people in need.
You owe it to your children, and to yourself, to thoroughly investigate the issue. Don't rely on what some stranger on the internet says (not even me!). Read the scientific studies that I linked to in this post for yourself, and talk to your pediatricians.
Huge progress has been made towards this goal of global equity, yet the health systems in many of the poorest countries remain incapable of handling the increases in throughput required to deliver these vaccines, especially to remote communities.
In the mid-1990s, when I started working with the World Health Organization (and at that time, the Children's Vaccine Initiative, a pre-cursor to the ...
The new numbers suggest that almost every person living in a developing country is infected with worms, a consequence of the fact that the infective egg or larval stages of these parasites are practically ubiquitous in the soil.
We laugh about it now. Still, I find myself apologizing now and then, despite the years that have passed, because I haven't completely forgiven myself.
What sets Rukhsar apart from other polio victims, however, is that she is the last: the last recorded case of polio in India.
I believe that we can still support environmental health while remaining pro-vaccine. Isn't the green movement about questioning preconceptions, seeking out good science, and making better decisions?
Golden rice is still not in use anywhere, because of opposition to GM (genetic modification) technology. Now two German economists have quantified the price of that opposition, in human health, and the numbers are truly frightening.
Donald E. Anderson, aged 73, a retired postal worker in Seattle, Washington, died recently. I didn't know Mr. Anderson, who lived at literally the opposite end of the U.S. from my home in New Hampshire, and he didn't know me. But he has had a lasting imprint on me and my family. We are linked forever, and I hope we can live up to his legacy.
Alongside the string of new research advances is the realization that we're failing to deliver what already works today to people in need. This has to be the year where we honor their commitment by following through on our promise to deliver proven options to the communities where they live.
We often discuss the importance of vaccines when it comes to children, but as health care providers, we should be devoting equal attention to vaccinating adult patients.
When I watched Mr. McConaughey's Golden Globes acceptance speech and he said the film had been turned down 86 times before the financing came through, I couldn't help but think about the taboos that still exist today for other sexually transmitted diseases. Namely, HPV.