Thursday November 15, 2018
Vaccination rates against human papilloma virus are far lower than they should be, even though the virus causes most cases of cervical cancer in the United States, as well as putting people at higher risk of many other kinds of cancer. Now a new study shows that physicians may have been misinterpreting the reasons why more preteenagers and teens aren’t vaccinated, and that doctors might have a much bigger impact on parents’ decisions than they think.
Thursday November 8, 2018
You would think that the deaths of 39 children from measles in a single year would send parents running to have their children vaccinated. The measles vaccine is extremely effective at preventing this potentially dangerous illness.
Thursday November 1, 2018
There’s a lot of good news about the vaccine to protect people against shingles. The new vaccine is far more effective than the old one, and appears to hold onto that effectiveness much longer. And in response, savvy Americans are lining up to get the two-shot series. The problem is that right now, the front of the line is a long distance away.
Thursday October 25, 2018
Most children in the United States receive all or at least some of the scheduled vaccinations listed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But a new report by the CDC highlights reason for concern: The number of children who receive no vaccinations whatsoever, though tiny, has increased fourfold since 2001.
Wednesday October 24, 2018
There is often a remarkable sense of generosity and caring for others among those who have survived a very serious illness, or lost a loved one. They have been an extraordinary source of advocacy when it comes to vaccine-preventable disease, trying to save the lives of others and prevent suffering after their own very difficult experiences.