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Immunizations

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

Irene Michaels | Posted 10.29.2014 | 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.

Increasing Adult Immunization: Great Opportunities, Great Challenges

William Schaffner, M.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
William Schaffner, M.D.

Now is a perfect time to issue a wake-up call to health care professionals who treat adult patients. Adults are not just grown up children, and they need vaccines, too. So what needs to happen to change this picture?

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.

The Actual Risks Of Vaccines (It Turns Out There Aren't Many)

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 09.07.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

They couldn't find anything for the DTaP vaccine or the HIB vaccine. They couldn't find any association with autism. And they couldn't find any risk from giving a lot of vaccines at once; in fact, one study found that getting several vaccines may help protect children against leukemia.

The Top 7 Reasons Parents Tell Me They Don't Want to Vaccinate

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

When I read about the resurgence of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles, polio or pertussis, I worry -- and wish that there wasn't so much fear about vaccines.

Remembering Ciro de Quadros, Global Health Hero

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

The world of public health and vaccines got a little dimmer on Wednesday, May 28, when one of our leading lights, Dr. Ciro de Quadros, passed away at the age of 74.

Lifesaving Convictions

Dagfinn Høybråten | Posted 07.27.2014 | Impact
Dagfinn Høybråten

Though terrorism is an insidious threat, the biggest risk to Africa's children is disease, which often can be prevented through routine immunization.

Is Green Anti-Vaccine?

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 05.21.2014 | Green
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

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?

10 Best New Year's Resolutions for 2014

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 03.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

New Years, and the time I always resolve to lose more weight, is arriving. Will I once again choose a diet du jour, and try to follow it for a few months, only to slip back into my favorite high calorie snacks and desserts?

Why I'm Happy To Be a Doctor in the 21st Century

Harvey Karp | Posted 06.30.2013 | Impact
Harvey Karp

2013-04-08-globalmompullfinal.jpg Three key tools help mothers today shield their little ones from harm. Two are extremely simple: clean water and nutritious food. But the third is one of the most complex and brilliant creations of science: immunizations.

Where Do You Get Your Information About Vaccine Safety?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 05.22.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Parents' worries about the safety of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine are on the rise. And yet, doctors and scientists aren't more worried. What's going on?

Is It Really an Ear Infection?

Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP | Posted 04.30.2013 | Parents
Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP

Fortunately the majority of children recover from ear infections without any intervention. But about 20-30 percent of the time, they need help fighting the infection.

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.

Disease Outbreak Risks Rise As More Private School Students Opt Out Of Vaccines

AP | HANNAH DREIER | Posted 11.09.2012 | Education

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Parents who send their children to private schools in California are much more likely to opt out of immunizations than thei...

Immunizing Children Through The Blog World

Elizabeth Gore | Posted 10.31.2012 | Impact
Elizabeth Gore

This month, I was particularly inspired by the support of 31 bloggers and their readers for Blogust, a first-of-its-kind blog relay hosted by the UN Foundation's Shot@Life campaign.

Talking Global Health Is Talking Jobs

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 09.19.2012 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

As the campaigns start looking to win over every vote in the pivotal swing states, it may be worth examining more closely the local links between global health and jobs, and the opportunity to tap into an issue that could energize university students.

Shots for School: Keeping Kids Safe -- Together

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 07.10.2012 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

I get the argument that it's not fair to force parents to immunize their kids in order for them to go to school. But schools have a responsibility to keep students safe and healthy.

Vermont Lawmakers Debate Letting Parents Say No To Vaccines For School

AP | DAVE GRAM | Posted 04.23.2012 | Education

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- For Jennifer Stella, it's a question of informed consent. Her son had a seizure after getting childhood vaccinations and her daught...

California Bill AB2109 Threatens Vaccine Freedom of Choice

Dr. Bob Sears | Posted 05.22.2012 | San Francisco
Dr. Bob Sears

The California legislature is considering a bill that would require parents to obtain their doctor's signature prior to enrollment in public school if they wish to skip vaccines for their child. On the surface, this doesn't seem like a bad idea.

Unencumbered By Facts: What Upsets Me Most About the Anti-vaccine Movement

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.19.2012 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

For me, this isn't about fighting. I'm not on a pro-vaccine crusade. My only crusade as a pediatrician is to keep my patients healthy -- and vaccines are part of what I use to do just that.

Childhood Vaccines: Music to the World's Ears

Bill Roedy | Posted 08.16.2011 | Impact
Bill Roedy

Each year more than 1.7 million children die from vaccine-preventable diseases. Childhood immunization has the power to change this. I am calling on CEOs and corporate executives to join me in the fight to reduce child mortality.

Adapting to a New World of Invisible Toxins

William Spear | Posted 06.24.2011 | Healthy Living
William Spear

It's a whole new ballgame, folks. Nearly every community in the modern world is facing an invisible enemy. Constant exposures to toxic loads in our en...

No Link Found Between Vaccine Mercury And Autism

Yahoo! News | Frederik Joelving | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

A new government study adds to the evidence that thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative until recently found in many vaccines, does not increase chi...

Mind, Body and the War Against Germs

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Simply seeing signs of disease triggers thoughts that motivate us to take precautions around possible contagions. And our bodies as well, according to new research from UBC.

Ron Paul: No To Mandatory Immunization

James Freedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
James Freedman

Ron Paul's libertarian ideology is dramatically revealed when you get him started on topics such as the War on Drugs, the FDA and forced immunization ...