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A Doctor's Experience With Unvaccinated Children

Kristie Rivers, MD, FAAP | Posted 08.06.2014 | 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.

Is It the Flu or Meningococcal Meningitis? Don't Wait to Find Out

Dara Torres | Posted 07.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Dara Torres

This disease is rare, but it can potentially take an otherwise-healthy child's life within 24 hours. It is important to know that this disease can be prevented. So I am sure you are reading this and wondering why isn't it prevented?

Deadly Cat Virus Outbreak Hits Hawaii For The First Time Ever

The Huffington Post | Clarke Reilly | Posted 07.18.2014 | Green

An outbreak of a deadly cat virus is spreading on the Hawaiian island of Maui and has officials concerned about the island's cat population. As far as...

What Happens When We Take A Stance Just For The Sake Of Taking A Stance?

Alissa Fleck | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Alissa Fleck

How do we disrupt the momentum of something so dangerous as the anti-vaxxer movement? We start with the bystanders. We urge them: If you decide to take a stance, make sure you have enough information to stand by it with conviction.

10 Outrageous Things You May Have Heard About Vaccines

BuzzFeed | Posted 05.01.2014 | Impact

There’s lots of hot air circulating about vaccines. We’re here to set the record straight, because vaccines are at the heart of our work – keepi...

Protecting Our Tomorrows on World Meningitis Day

Anne Geddes | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Anne Geddes

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.

Chili's Cancels Plan To Fundraise For Anti-Vaccination Autism Group

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 04.07.2014 | Business

UPDATE: 5:15 P.M. EST -- Chili's has canceled the event after negative feedback from customers. “While we remain committed to supporting the chil...

Big Measles Outbreaks Linked To Troubling Trend

Posted 03.21.2014 | Healthy Living

A recent measles outbreak at a religious preschool in Vancouver with a vaccination rate of nearly zero points to a troubling trend. Large outbreaks in...

Kristin Cavallari Defends Anti-Vaccine Stance

Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents

Kristin Cavallari is not backing down from her stance against vaccines. The reality star sat down with Bravo's Andy Cohen for an episode of "Watch...

Polio: Why It Matters To You

Batoul Abuharb | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Batoul Abuharb

The World Health Organization has recently announced that over 20 million children need to be vaccinated throughout the Middle East. This complex task, only complicated by the regional strife, stands as the only solution to preventing the spread of this crippling disease.

Flu Can Be Deadly: Ask Rachel

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 03.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

We don't think of flu as a life-threatening illness in otherwise healthy young or middle age adults, yet it is. In a bad flu season as many as 50,000 deaths may occur due to flu related illnesses.

Anti-Vaccine Arguments BUSTED

www.upworthy.com | Posted 12.19.2013 | Politics

Are you ready for some high-concentrate knowledge? Are you sure? OK, let's do this....

Is All Well in the World of Vaccination? We Think a Booster Is Desperately Needed

Dr. Manica Balasegaram | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Manica Balasegaram

While there have been significant achievements accomplished in the field of immunization, including by the GAVI Alliance, to bring new vaccines to the poorest countries, persistent gaps have revealed that immunization needs a major booster shot.

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.

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.

The Surprising Health Benefit Of Flu Shots

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 08.22.2013 | Fifty

The flu shot may protect against more than just influenza. According to a new study, the jab also may nearly halve the risk of heart attacks in middle...

Do You Really Need to Get a Travel Vaccine?

Budget Travel | Posted 10.20.2013 | Travel
Budget Travel

"Have you gotten your shots? The question is not as bratty as it sounds. There are a handful of places on earth you literally can't visit without getting vaccinated, and a wide array of countries where a few recommended shots could be the difference between a dream vacay and a medevac.

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...

Does the 2013 US Childhood Vaccine Schedule Really Recommend 27 Shots Before 2 Years of Age?

Quora | Posted 06.28.2013 | Parents
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Robyn Correll Carlyle, MPH The schedule recommends 27 doses of vaccines, but that doesn'...

Everything Will Be Better in the Morning

Kristin van Ogtrop | Posted 04.25.2013 | Impact
Kristin van Ogtrop

2013-04-08-globalmompullfinal.jpg My mother was talking about more than energy level and circadian rhythm. It's also an expression of the belief that the future will be an improvement upon the past. It is about faith, determination and progress.

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...

Catherine Pearson

Biggest Factor In Whether Parents Vaccinate Is ... ?

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 04.15.2013 | Parents

When she was pregnant, Ashley Grover Desmarais did not give much thought to vaccinating her child. It hadn't occurred to her that she could do any...

Harnessing the Power of Vaccines to End Polio

Ciro de Quadros | Posted 06.12.2013 | Impact
Ciro de Quadros

We must capitalize upon the historic opportunity to eradicate polio. Success will eliminate an ancient scourge - and it will also demonstrate a global commitment to a future where children receive all of the vaccines they need and deserve.

'Old Fashioned' Diseases That Are Making A Comeback

Posted 05.01.2013 | OWN

By Corrie Pikul Here's what you should know about four retro diseases that are still around -- and a fifth that's back with a vengeance. 1. The ...