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Only 81% of Seattle Kindergartners Have Been Vaccinated for Polio

“That’s lower than the 2013 polio immunization rates for 1-year-olds in Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Algeria, El Salvador, Guyana, Sudan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Yemen, among other countries, according to data from the World Health Organization,” Seattle public radio station KUOW reports. This in the same state where a… » 7/16/15 5:00pm 7/16/15 5:00pm

An American Has Died From Measles for the First Time Since 2003

A woman in Clallam County, Washington has died of measles. It is the first U.S. death since 2003 to be attributed to the highly infectious disease. State health officials say the woman’s case “illustrates the importance of immunizing as many people as possible to provide a high level of community protection against… » 7/02/15 1:18pm 7/02/15 1:18pm

California Passes Bill Banning Personal Exemptions for Vaccination

California vaccination bill SB277 has passed in the State Assembly on a 46 to 30 vote. The bill, inspired in part by the measles outbreak that began last December in Disneyland, mandates ALL schoolchildren be vaccinated, regardless of their parents’ personal or religious beliefs, but still permits medical exemptions. » 6/25/15 3:07pm 6/25/15 3:07pm

Yes, Dangerously Low Vaccination Rates Are Fueling The Measles Outbreak

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… » 3/16/15 9:40am 3/16/15 9:40am

Read Roald Dahl's Powerful Pro-Vaccination Letter (From 1988)

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. » 1/31/15 2:00pm 1/31/15 2:00pm

America Likes Science. It Does Not Like Scientists' Findings.

Survey results published Thursday by the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the American Academy for the Advancement of Science indicate most Americans hold science in high esteem, while revealing huge opinion gaps between scientists and the general public over issues like GMOs and anthropogenic climate change. » 1/29/15 4:00pm 1/29/15 4:00pm

Meet The Pediatricians Who Assist Anti-Vaxxers

Last month, a school in Michigan temporarily closed as whooping cough began spreading among the 1,200 students. It's the latest example of the public health risks caused by low vaccination rates — a growing national problem made worse by anti-vaxxer parents who are able to get help from sympathetic pediatricians. » 12/30/14 7:40am 12/30/14 7:40am

Debunking Flu Shot Myths Makes Some Less Likely To Get Vaccinated

Only 42 percent of adults in the U.S. get their flu shots. A key reason for this low number is the misconception that you can catch the flu from the vaccine. But, a recent study found that, when vaccine-fearing patients heard the real facts from their doctors, they were actually more reluctant to get their flu shots. » 12/09/14 1:40pm 12/09/14 1:40pm

Why Does The Flu Vaccine Suck This Year?

Did you get your flu shot? I didn't really want to (I hate needles) but as an infectious disease physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, it would be exceedingly poor form if I opted out. My job requires it, and I recommend the vaccine to just about every patient, every day. The shot doesn't actually hurt, and if… » 12/05/14 3:16pm 12/05/14 3:16pm