A new research letter published in JAMA Pediatrics is the first to positively link low vaccination rates to the Disneyland measles outbreak that emerged in California late last year. The new research also shows how frighteningly fast measles can spread in a population that's insufficiently immunized against the highly…
There are virtually no photographs of twenty-first century American children covered with measles. The disease, as well as the sight of it, is something we have banished to the past: the stuff of medical archives and undeveloped foreign countries. Consequently, the photos and stock images that illustrate the news…
Public opinion has turned, sharply and loudly, in favor of supporting vaccines. Yay! It took an outbreak of measles at Disneyland for it to happen. Boo! (Your grandmother might have survived her measles, but for others it can be fatal.)
The best way to win a debate is to present your facts in a clear, respectful way. When that doesn't work, another option is incessant ridicule. Here's why we have to use shame if we want to stop the anti-vaccine movement.
Roald Dahl – author of such books as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda – lost his eldest daughter, Olivia, to measles in 1962. Twenty-six years later, he penned a cogent and gut-wrenching plea to parents, urging them have their children vaccinated against the disease.
"The Happiest Place On Earth" is ground zero for a recent measles outbreak centered in California. Now, unvaccinated people are being warned to avoid visiting Disneyland parks.
This year, California weathered its biggest pertussis – aka "whooping cough" – epidemic in seventy years (for a whopping dose of perspective, see the graph up top). A new report from the CDC says the outbreak could be a sign of things to come.
I just read this post over on Gizmodo and it got me thinking about talking to some of my quasi-anti-vaxxer relatives tomorrow. Do any of you O-Decker's have advice or past experience to share re: how to explain the importance of vaccines to your relatives?
Three New York families fought against a policy barring non-immunized children from public schools during a disease outbreak, and lost. This is a major setback for the anti-vaccine cause, and an important precedent for public health.
It's only May, and already America has seen 288 cases of measles. That's the highest number of reported cases since the disease was officially eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, and the highest number reported in the first five months of a year since 1994. Why the resurgence? Unvaccinated U.S. residents.
Chili's intends to donate 10% of its customers' checks on April 7th to the National Autism Association, in honor of National Autism Awareness month. The problem? The NAA claims on its website that vaccines can trigger or exacerbate autism in "some, if not many, children." Dammit not this again.
Vaccines are something most of us take for granted, but as these maps compiled by the Council on Foreign Relations show, we're still a long way from ensuring everyone's safe from some of the world's most dreaded — and preventable — diseases.