Thursday May 10, 2018
Outbreaks of mumps have been all too common on college campuses in recent years. In late 2016, close to 200 students fell ill at the University of Missouri, There were 63 cases around that time at the State University of New York in New Paltz. Smaller outbreaks have occurred at Harvard, Tufts, Illinois State, the University of Iowa and so forth. Many weeks of the academic year seem to bring new reports of mumps outbreaks, even among fully vaccinated students.
Thursday April 26, 2018
The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) reports that since the beginning of this year, Haiti has had 14 confirmed cases of diphtheria and 48 probable cases. Children younger than 15 are the most affected, and nearly half of those children were not vaccinated. Seven children have died.
Wednesday April 25, 2018
Allison Winnike, president and CEO of The Immunization Partnership, wrote an important op-ed about the virus that causes most cervical cancer in the United States. Pointing out that cases of cervical cancer are rising, while vaccination rates for the strains of the HPV virus most likely to cause those cancers remain far too low. Winnike straightforwardly addresses the questions that most concern parents.
Monday April 23, 2018
Despite the false claims that have been made against the measles vaccine, most Americans agree that the MMR vaccine – against measles, mumps and rubella – is safe and effective.
Thursday April 19, 2018
Most of what people read about the human papillomavirus concerns how it can cause cervical cancer. And no wonder. The American Cancer Society reports that U.S. doctors will diagnose about 13,200 new cases of invasive cervical cancer in 2018, and more than 4,000 women will die of the disease. Most future cases of cervical cancer could be prevented with the HPV vaccine. Yet less than half of teenagers in the nation are up to date on HPV immunization and Texas HPV vaccination rates lag behind the rest of the nation.