Immunizations given to children at an early age have been instrumental in helping curb vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and whooping cough, but keeping track of those immunizations over the long term can be challenging in the best of circumstances.
We have major infrastructure needs in many sectors in the United States. The potential impact of a failing public health infrastructure should alarm us and drive action. We can't predict when the next outbreak, epidemic, or disaster will occur, but we can guarantee that it will take place. The question is whether we will work to fortify the public health infrastructure now or deal with the consequences later.
The Disney outbreak could be a game-changer for those of us trying protect children with immunizations. Because suddenly, there is a vaccine-preventable disease that is spreading like wildfire -- and could be dangerous.
These infants were counting on us, their herd, to provide them with community immunity until they were old enough to get vaccinated. It is not science's fault that these children, our fellow Americans, caught the measles. It is not their parents' fault. It is the fault of the anti-vaxxers.
The trouble with holistic medicine, or integrative medicine, is less the holes that can be poked in it by self-proclaimed sentinels of evidence, and more our prevailing tendency to gravitate to diametric poles. The best way forward is the road less traveled, which lies, as it often does, in the middle.
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.
A big leap it is not from believing in god and the devil to believing in anything at all, including that the president is a radical Christian but also a Muslim and a foreign-citizen socialist who will take your guns away. Facts don't matter; we create a fictional order in the face of randomness and then call that real, and the chasm becomes ever wider.
We are already midway through the first month of the 2015 -- and more importantly, midway through the Decade of Vaccines. With much to accomplish, I compiled a quick list of the 10 advances in global health and vaccinations I would like to see in 2015.
If you choose to avoid standard, recommended vaccines such as measles, you are not merely putting your own health at risk -- you are choosing to do the same for all the rest of us. Sorry, folks, but that's the harsh reality.
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.
In recent years, huge progress has been made in improving the odds for these children, with child mortality halving from 12.6 million deaths a year in 1990 to 6.3 million today. Much of this has been achieved through improved access to vaccines.
For the overwhelming majority of humans, the current flunami is a shaking, aching, sniffling, hacking inconvenience that will run its course, no matter what we do with our shiny degrees and cutting-edge prescriptions. As such, a visit to the doctor is generally a waste of time and dollars.
Is it too much to ask Jenny McCarthy to read a simple, well-researched article and properly educate herself about how no legitimate scientific studies have linked vaccines to autism? And then, to announce to the world she was wrong? It would help undo at least some of the damage she's done to public health and our country's children.
Several promising vaccines for Ebola could become available in the coming months. But how will these vaccines be stored at their required temperatures in parts of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone where electricity supply is limited or non-existent?
Flu season has arrived and the sad fact is that no matter how hard you try, sometimes you just can't avoid getting the flu.
Since vaccination with FDA-approved HPV vaccines can reduce HPV infections and reduce the likelihood of ever getting cervical cancer, it is important to know if people and their physicians are using the vaccines.