World Polio Day, which we recognize on October 24, is a reminder that even though this disease is gone from the United States, it must not be forgotten. Diseases like polio and measles continue to cripple and kill children in other parts of the world.
Two things terrified Peter Hamilton as a child: a disaster overcoming his family, and polio. Remnants of that fear and the relief at being vaccinated triggered an emotional connection when he saw an early version of the film about scientist Jonas Salk's struggle to find a vaccine to stop polio in the 1950s.
Life is full of too many great experiences -- and orgasms! -- to live in fear. I'm happy to hear that you're proactive when it comes to owning your sexual health, so why not add getting to know your butthole to your to-do list?
In 2011 my organisation the GAVI Alliance held its first ever pledging conference in London, an historic meeting where we committed to help developing countries immunize an additional quarter of a billion children by 2015, and prevent four million future deaths in the process.
Last week's international AIDS Vaccine conference in Barcelona may best be described as a roller coaster ride marked by highs and lows. Starting with the highs, the 1,000 scientists and advocates at the event celebrated last month's news that a experimental vaccine "cleared" HIV in monkeys infected with the virus.
Last night in Washington, a group of leaders gathered to talk about something that really matters. Not political gossip, but children. The 18,000 young children who die each day of things we know how to prevent.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has put its stamp of approval on a vaccine that will pave the way to protecting millions of children from a devastating disease called Japanese encephalitis (JE).
Your child, my father, and all of our loved ones who may be suffering from illnesses are not rats or dogs or monkeys. So why do animal experimenters keep treating them as though they are?
Depending on your age, health and personal preference, there are six different ways to get immunized against influenza this year.
Slow Health takes just a bit more mindfulness and thought. But a little dose of that every day can help us move the needle on our own health, and because health is social, the health of our loved ones and community.
This tendency for vaccinating parents to stay out of the discussion is what's causing vaccination to lose its bandwagon appeal. Anti-vaxers are loud. The rest of us need to be loud too, because there's nothing crunchy about a resurgence of polio.
Not vaccinating your children has real costs. From a purely economic perspective, there is a pretty solid incentive for making vaccination a worldwide requirement.
The Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas, promoted National Immunization Awareness Month through tragic irony: Twenty-one children and adults connected to the church contracted measles. Church leaders had been advising congregants against vaccination.
For all of her influence on popular culture, and the remarkable performances she left behind, perhaps Farrah Fawcett's greatest legacy was her raw, intimate, honest portrait of a woman fighting for her life -- against cancer.
The flu vaccine is far from perfect. It can fail to prevent flu and there can be rare complications. But it usually does prevent flu, and complications of the flu itself are more common by literal orders of magnitude.
The recent push in Quebec to ban religious clothing and symbols such as the burka and niqab reignited the heated debate about the role of the state in...