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Maine Becomes 4th US State To End Religious, Philosophical Vaccine Exemptions

Governor Janet Mills has signed a bill formally lifting all non-medical exemptions to immunization in the state of Maine. Residents will have to secure a written statement from healthcare professionals if they wish to secure an exemption.

Public Health May 28, 2019

Health Officials Proposing 'No-Fly' Measures To Prevent Spread Of Measles

Eight individuals who might be infected with measles have been warned that they might be placed on the CDC's Do Not Board List. The measure was adopted to prevent people who are contagious from traveling on a plane.

Public Health May 27, 2019

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s Family Accuses Him Of Spreading Dangerous Vaccine Misinformation

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s siblings and niece call him out for his anti-vaccination views in an an op-ed piece. The three Kennedy family members stress how dangerous this way of thinking is, calling Kennedy Jr. an ‘outlier’ in the family.

Public Health May 10, 2019

Even Infants As Young As 6 Months Old Are Urged To Get Measles Vaccination In Wake Of Outbreak

The measles count in the United States is the highest its been in 25 years. With the surge of sick children and adults in the country, even babies in at-risk places are encouraged to get their vaccinations early.

Public Health May 2, 2019

Vaccinated Adults May Still Get Measles: Find Out If You Need Another Jab

The steady rise of measles cases prompts urgent vaccination to help prevent the spread of the disease. Even adults who have received measles vaccine as kids may consider getting reimmunization.

Public Health April 19, 2019

Parents File Lawsuit Against Emergency Vaccination Orders In New York

An anonymous lawsuit filed against the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene claimed that the mandatory measles vaccination was unjustifiable and a violation of their legal rights. The petitioners appealed for a preliminary injunction and restraining order.

Public Health April 18, 2019

Measles Outbreak Kills Over 1,200 In Madagascar Amid Lack Of Resources To Fight Infectious Disease

The current measles outbreak has killed over 1,200 in Madagascar. The World Health Organization and the Ministry of Public Health of Madagascar have coordinated nationwide response activities to address the epidemic.

Public Health April 15, 2019

Pet Immunization Rate Drops Amid Growing Anti-vaxx Movement

Anti-vaxx sentiments have spread even to pet owners. Veterinarians have recorded declining pet immunization — a situation that could be dangerous to animals and even humans.

Public Health April 14, 2019

New York City Declares Public Health Emergency Over Measles Outbreak In Brooklyn: What You Need To Know

The NYC Health Department issued mandatory vaccination for residents living in or near Williamsburg. Unvaccinated individuals should have their shots within 48 hours or face $1,000 fine.

Public Health April 11, 2019

Massimiliano Fedriga, Politician Who Opposed Italy's Mandatory Vaccination Rules, Hospitalized After Contracting Chickenpox

An anti-vaxx political leader in Italy was given a taste of his own medicine. Massimiliano Fedriga has contracted chickenpox as Italy schools start sending unvaccinated children home.

Public Health March 21, 2019

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin Intentionally Exposed His Unvaccinated Kids To Chickenpox To Build Their Immunity

Bevin said in an interview he intentionally exposed all of his nine children to chickenpox instead of having them vaccinated. The CDC, however, advises against this method of immunizing children. Here's why.

Public Health March 21, 2019

Unvaccinated Student Jerome Kunkel Sues Health Department For Banning Him From School During Chickenpox Outbreak

18-year-old Jerome Kunkel filed a lawsuit against the health department because he was banned from school during a chickenpox outbreak. The high school student is not vaccinated because of religious reason.

Public Health March 19, 2019

Orthodox Jews In New York Hit With The Worst Measles Outbreak In Decades, And Here’s Why

New York had the highest cases of measles since October 2018 due to lack of herd immunity. Public health officials said that most of the infected individuals are from the Orthodox Jewish communities in Rockland County, Brooklyn, and Queens.

Public Health March 14, 2019

Unvaccinated Oregon Boy Diagnosed With Tetanus Racks Up Nearly A Million Dollars In Medical Bills

A family paid nearly a million dollars in medical bills after an unvaccinated boy from Oregon suffered from Tetanus. The child spent more than two months in the hospital fighting for his life. After the ordeal, the family declined recommended subsequent vaccinations.

Public Health March 8, 2019

Adults Who Had Measles Vaccination As Kids May No Longer Be Protected From Viral Disease

Some adults who received their measles vaccine as a kid may need to get another shot to be protected from the viral disease. These are the individuals who need revaccination.

Public Health March 2, 2019

South Carolina Pediatrician Marc Bahan Explains Why CPG Pediatrics Turns Away Unvaccinated Patients Amid Measles Outbreak

CPG Pediatrics in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has a new policy to refuse treating patients who were not vaccinated. Here's why this is necessary, according to pediatrician Marc Bahan.

Public Health February 26, 2019

Vaccines Administered At Workplaces Across 3 US States May Have Caused Infections

Kentucky Department of Public Health is conducting an investigation over contaminated vaccines that were administered at some businesses across three states. Workers who had the vaccine are encouraged to contact the DPH immediately.

Public Health February 4, 2019

Missouri Nurse Fired From Job For Refusing To Get Flu Shot

A nurse was terminated by the Mercy Hospital South in St. Louis because of her refusal to get flu shot. She cited religion as a reason for her decision not to be vaccinated.

Public Health November 29, 2018

Mother Of 8-Year-Old With Cancer Urges Parents To Vaccinate Their Kids As An 'Act Of Compassion'

A mother of a young cancer patient is urging parents to ger their kids vaccinated. People like her daughter, who cannot get vaccinated and have weak immune systems, rely on other people's vaccinations to protect them from diseases.

Public Health November 25, 2018

CDC Report Shows Over 80,000 Flu-Related Deaths In US Last Winter

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that 80,000 people died of flu between 2017 and 2018. For the upcoming flu season, public health officials are stressing the importance of getting vaccinated.

Public Health September 28, 2018

Chinese Drug Company Falsified Records, Distributed Thousands Of Faulty Vaccines For Children

Two vaccines produced by Changchun Changsheng Bio-technology, one of China's largest vaccine manufacturers, have been found defective. Some of the vaccines are already on the market and have been administered to Chinese children.

Medicine July 24, 2018

4-Month-Old Baby Dies From Meningitis, Family Urges People To Get Vaccinated

A 4-month-old baby boy died 24 hours after contracting meningitis. Doctors informed the parents that the infant most likely contracted the virus from an unvaccinated person.

Public Health July 12, 2018

Vaccines Don't Cause Autism In Dogs: Veterinarians Respond To New Anti-Vaxx Fears

Can dogs really develop autism symptoms because of vaccines? A British morning talk show received backlash over allegedly pushing anti-vaxx and canine autism conversation.

Public Health April 28, 2018

Orlando Doctor Arrested For Vaccine Fraud: 500 Children At Risk Due To Unsterile, Partial Vaccines

A doctor in Orlando, Florida, has been arrested for vaccine fraud. The alleged malpractice has placed about 500 children at risk, and parents are recommended to consider revaccination to ensure that their children are protected.

Public Health February 26, 2018

Family Of Toddler Who Died From Flu Wonders If Vaccination Could Have Saved Her

A 3-year old from Muncie, Indiana, who never had a flu shot, died this week. The girl's family is so devastated, they are now doubting their earlier decision not to have the kid vaccinated.

Public Health February 15, 2018

6-Year-Old Flu Patient Dies Hours After Paramedics Said She Would Be OK

Just hours after the paramedics left their home, the little girl’s condition made a turn for the worst. Her flu progressed so rapidly all because she missed this one important form of protection.

Public Health January 24, 2018

Flu Virus Can Spread Simply By Breathing: Study

Current measures observed to prevent the spread of flu are no longer enough. In a new study, scientists found that influenza can be spread through the air even if infected people do not sneeze or cough.

Public Health January 20, 2018

WHO Prequalifies Affordable Typhoid Vaccine For Infants By Bharat Biotech

An Indian pharmaceutical company formulated a typhoid vaccine that could provide long-lasting immunity for infants older than 6 months. WHO announced that it will be in distribution in developing countries by 2019.

Medicine January 15, 2018

Painless 'Microneedle' Patches Work As Well As Flu Injections

Researchers have developed new microneedle patches that can administer flu vaccines without the pain of using regular shots. People can simply press the patches on their skin and wait for the vaccine to be absorbed by their bodies.

Medicine June 28, 2017

Contaminated Measles Vaccine Kills 15 Children In South Sudan

Health workers who vaccinated children in South Sudan against measles reused the same unsterilized syringe 15 times. The investigation also revealed they committed another blunder that cost the lives of more than a dozen children in the country.

Medicine June 3, 2017

Germany Vaccination Law To Oblige Kindergartens To Report Parents Who Refuse To Vaccinate Their Kids

Germany's parliament will vote on a law that will oblige kindergartens to report parents of children who refuse vaccination advice. What will be the consequences for those who refuse to attend vaccine consultations?

Feature | Health May 26, 2017

In Italy, Kids Now Need To Get 12 Vaccines Before Enrolling In State-Run Schools

The Italian cabinet just approved a new law requiring parents to vaccinate their school-aged children. Proof of vaccination is required upon enrollment or parents will be fined.

Public Health May 20, 2017

New Measles Case Confirmed In Minnesota: Health Officials Estimating Numbers To Increase

Minnesota recorded the ninth case of measles infecting young children, all of whom were not vaccinated. Most of the infected children belonged to the Somali-American region, having a history of low vaccination rates.

Public Health April 18, 2017

Healthy Kids Can Die From Flu: What Health Experts Recommend To Prevent This

Children with medical conditions have increased risk for flu-related complications and death. A new study by researchers from CDC, however, revealed fatal cases of children who were healthy before contracting the influenza virus.

Public Health April 5, 2017

Flu Vaccination Can Save Lives Of Children: Study

A CDC study revealed that vaccinated children run a lesser risk of succumbing to flu virus, compared with non-vaccinated kids. The result was determined after a data analysis of four flu seasons from 2010 to 2014.

Public Health April 5, 2017

Measles Outbreak In Europe: More Than 500 Infected By Contagious Virus Amid Declining Vaccination Rates

Countries most hit by the measles outbreak in Europe have low vaccination rates, WHO revealed. What factors are behind the declining immunization levels in these countries?

Public Health March 29, 2017

Trump Taps Vaccine Skeptic Robert Kennedy Jr. To Lead Immunization Safety Panel

Anti-vaccination activist Robert Kennedy Jr. said that he was asked by President-elect Donald Trump to lead a panel on immunization safety. A Trump spokesperson, however, said there has been no final decision made yet.

Public Health January 11, 2017

New Ebola Vaccine Offers Up To 100 Percent Protection Against Deadly Virus

The experimental Ebola vaccine rVSV-EBOV was up to 100 percent effective in providing protection against the deadly hemorrhagic disease but it is far from perfect. What are the flaws of the vaccine?

Medicine December 24, 2016

HPV Vaccine For Pre-Teens: How Many Doses Of HPV Vaccines Do Kids Need And Everything You Need To Know

For children in their pre-teen years, the CDC is recommending a different dosage schedule for the HPV vaccine, simplifying the vaccination process touted to protect against certain types of cancers.

Public Health October 20, 2016

CDC Urges Americans To Get Flu Shots: Here’s What You Need To Know About The 2016-2017 Flu Season

The CDC is urging people to get their flu shots in preparation for 2016-2017 flu season. The decline in vaccination coverage last season has prompted health experts to emphasize the importance of flu shots.

Public Health October 1, 2016

California Medical Board Accuses ‘Alternate Vaccine Schedule’ Doctor Of Gross Negligence

The California Medical Board is accusing Dr. Robert Sears of gross negligence. According to the complaint, the ‘alternative vaccine schedule’ doctor put a patient in danger after deviating from standard practice.

Public Health September 10, 2016

Judge Denies Injunction Against California Vaccination Law

Parents are divided on the issue of whether or not their kids should be vaccinated. Regardless, a federal judge has ruled that California’s vaccination requirement will stay in place.

Public Health August 27, 2016

Flu Vaccine Lowers Heart Failure And Stroke-Related Hospitalization Rates In Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes patients who were vaccinated with flu vaccine are less likely to be admitted to the hospital because of stroke and heart failure. They also have lower risk of death during the flu season.

Medicine July 26, 2016

More Than 1 Million Kids Aged 5 Below Die In India Annually: Report

Because of the lack of proper health and medical care systems in India, more than 1 million children who are 5 years old and below die each year. The country registers the highest mortality rate in a 15-nation list.

Public Health April 27, 2016

Flu Jab Is More Effective When Given Early In The Morning, Study Says

Flu shots given early in the morning are more effective than ones given later during the day, revealed a new study done by researchers at the University of Birmingham. These findings could prove instrumental in improving the overall vaccination strategies.

Public Health April 27, 2016

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