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Immunization

New WHO Report Provides Road Map for Effective Vaccine Introductions

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

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 ...

Is measles vaccination the biggest unrecognized success in global health?

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

During an interview with CNN this week, Dr. Hans Rosling - iconic co-founder of Gapminder and professor of global health at the Karolinska Institutet ...

God Created Gravity: Why the U.S. Can't Keep Pace With Slovenia

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 02.05.2014 | Science
Jeff Schweitzer

The far right can stick their collective heads in the sand and talk about American exceptionalism, but the rest of the world is getting educated in the meantime. America is indeed number one -- in self-delusion.

Driving Blind

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

One of the requirements for a driver's license is the ability to see. One of the first things you learn in driving school is to keep your eyes on the...

Transparency Is a Two-Way Window

Dagfinn Høybråten | Posted 11.05.2013 | Impact
Dagfinn Høybråten

While it is important to root out corruption in developing countries it is also worth remembering that by definition transparency should work both ways; that it is equally about holding wealthy nations and aid organizations to account.

A Promise Is a Promise

Dagfinn Høybråten | Posted 10.18.2013 | Impact
Dagfinn Høybråten

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.

Let's Talk About What Really Matters

Caryl M. Stern | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Caryl M. Stern

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.

I'm Coming Out... as Pro-Vaccine

JJ Keith | Posted 11.24.2013 | Parents
JJ Keith

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.

Failure to Vaccinate Children: An Unconscionable Twist of Faith

Claire Pomeroy | Posted 11.19.2013 | Science
Claire Pomeroy

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.

Enough Flu-ing Around!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

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.

Emi Boscamp

What You Need To Know About Vaccinations And Medications Before Traveling Abroad

HuffingtonPost.com | Emi Boscamp | Posted 08.06.2013 | Travel

Before traveling abroad, many people have questions about how to protect themselves from foreign bacterial or viral illnesses. The threat of infection...

Jenny McCarthy's Got the Wrong View on Vaccinations

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 09.16.2013 | Parents
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

Jenny's McCarthy's appointment to the chair vacated by Elisabeth Hasselbeck on The View has critics up in arms. The new post gives McCarthy the opportunity to share her opinions with three million viewers -- many of them mothers -- each day.

Twenty million reasons to keep up momentum on global immunizations

Peter Yeo | Posted 06.24.2013 | World
Peter Yeo

In the past two decades, immunization efforts have averted an estimated 20 million deaths globally. Yet, for all the progress that has been made--than...

Manju: A Frontline Health Worker In Action

Impatient Optimists | Posted 06.23.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

Manju Kumari is an "Anganwadi Worker" or frontline health worker in Bihar, one of India's poorest states. Chosen by her village as their health repres...

Childhood Immunization Leaves Adults Behind

Michael Hodin | Posted 06.18.2013 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

The global health community has barely begun to recognize how vaccination can enable a healthy, active aging process. This aha! moment had better come soon, because vaccination isn't just good health policy, it's great economic policy.

The 'Skinny' on Children's Health

Bechara Choucair, M.D. | Posted 05.01.2013 | Chicago
Bechara Choucair, M.D.

Because we want our students to live healthier and longer, Chicago is investing heavily in our young people, including the launch of the new Healthy CPS Action Plan. The plan outlines real strategies, some of which our students will start to see immediately.

Why I Traveled 3,000 Miles to Advocate for Children Who Aren't Mine

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Lois Alter Mark

Every 20 seconds, a child around the world dies from a disease that could have been prevented by a vaccine. Annually, that number equals almost half the children entering kindergarten in the United States alone this year.

MLK, Jr And Why Child Vaccination Is a Moral Issue

Katherine Marshall | Posted 03.23.2013 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Two million children each year die from diseases that can be prevented by vaccinations. The very idea of a single child's death is agonizing; multiply that by two million.

Anti-Vaccine Vitriol: Seeking Reason

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I stand by my support for the flu vaccine. Reasonable people might disagree -- and when they do, I will listen to them and encourage others to do likewise. Not so those who renounce reason altogether, and in its place offer only vitriol.

Flu Me Once

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.06.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Familiarity breeds contempt, or at least complacency, and perhaps the annual return of influenza has induced that response. Perhaps that's why we seem to be dismissive of this germ, and overlook what a serious illness it can be. But that tendency is at our peril.

Vaccines and Ensuring the Health of Children No Matter Where They Live

Dagfinn Høybråten | Posted 11.28.2012 | Impact
Dagfinn Høybråten

As world leaders gather this week at the General Assembly in New York, I'm encouraged by the focus on children's health alongside other pressing global issues. These discussions come in the wake of UNICEF's latest report on declines in child mortality around the world.

What You Should Know About Bacteria On Your Body

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We have long known that bacteria living on and in our bodies outnumber our cells -- which themselves sum up to a number that exceeds any hope of real understanding -- by 20 to one. We are a rounding error in our own skin.

Making a Difference: August Is an Important Time for Protecting Our Children

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 10.15.2012 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Today, even though we have this information as well as how they are transmitted, there is still the likelihood of a widespread epidemic occurring if steps are not taken to protect our families and communities. Vaccination is one of these steps and by doing so you just might become a hero yourself.

U.S. Leadership at Home Is Saving Lives Around the World

Seth Berkley, M.D. | Posted 08.14.2012 | Impact
Seth Berkley, M.D.

For the first time in history, these new vaccines are also reaching people in the developing world soon after they're available in wealthier countries, eliminating what used to be a delay of 15 years or more.

Cara Santa Maria

Vaccines And Autism: A Dangerous Misunderstanding

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 06.15.2012 | Science

The vaccine-autism controversy has been brewing ever since Andrew Wakefield published his infamous 1998 paper in The Lancet. Fourteen years later, the...