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Colorado having issues with vaccination denials

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In the U.S. states are cracking down on parents who ask for a vaccination excemption for their children without good cause. Colorado May Become The Latest State To Crack Down On Vaccine Denialism | ThinkProgress. Colorado officials are considering tightening the rules for vaccinations, and may make it more difficult for parents to claim religious…

CDC releases statement about measles in the U.S.

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When will we see a world without measles? It COULD have happened, if only… Measles Still Threatens Health Security | Press Release | CDC Online Newsroom | CDC. Fifty years after the approval of an extremely effective vaccine against measles, one of the world’s most contagious diseases, the virus still poses a threat to domestic…

Vaccines: The reason we have 103 million FEWER cases of disease

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We often get comments from anti-vaxxers who completely disregard the incredible benefit of vaccinations and instead hype up misinformation on alleged dangers. Well, suck it, antivaxxers! Why we vaccinate–103 million cases of diseases averted since 1924. A new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine and led by Willem G. van Panhuis, MD,…

Dear AVN: Get lost

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An interesting development against the Australian (anti)Vaccination Network: disband, you are harming kids. Australian Vaccine Network under pressure to cease operation | News.com.au. The controversial anti-immunisation Australian Vaccine Network should “immediately disband”, the Senate voted yesterday. Greens health spokesperson Senator Richard Di Natale won the support of all major parties for the motion Tuesday and…

Parents taking advantage of vaccine exemptions

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Excemptions are contributing to the rise in pertussus. Vaccine exemptions rising, tied to whooping cough | Reuters. The number of New York parents who had their child skip at least one required vaccine due to religious reasons increased over the past decade, according to a new study. What’s more, researchers found counties with high religious…

More health issues surface in Pakistan. Quack medicine abounds.

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Pakistan is experiencing serious health issues these days. Anti-vaccination sentiment, measles, gastroenteritis and quack treatments. Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan – Five die of measles as another epidemic breaks out. While the country’s largest province struggles to cope with measles, another threat has emerged, endangering the lives of the citizens, particularly children.…

A harsh lesson in Community Immunity

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Western PA school district gets tough with kids who lack varicella vaccination. Norwin High School students to miss prom over chickenpox vaccination | Westmoreland Co. News – WTAE Home. It’s the time for senior prom, the countdown to the last day of school and for graduation. But at Norwin High School, 33 students were told…

Anti-vaccination campaigns is a major threat to WHO hopes to eradicate measles

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The Wakefield Effect has hit Europe pretty hard. It will be a while before we return to a better state. Threat to measles elimination plans Outbreaks of measles are putting Europe’s commitment to eliminate the disease by 2015 under threat, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Levels of vaccination have been too low in…

Government does not know best: Vaccine Safety Studies – completely unnecessary

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A new bill is proposed to study autism and vaccines. Why? We know this answer. There is no correlation. It’s been done. Text of H.R. 1757: Vaccine Safety Study Act (Introduced version) – GovTrack.us. H. R. 1757 To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct or support a comprehensive study comparing total…

My hair dresser said her sister’s baby got sick from vaccines…

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How Social Networks Influence Parents’ Decision to Vaccinate With so much confusing and even misleading information about vaccine safety available on the Internet, it’s no surprise that parents are influenced by their friends’ attitudes when it comes to immunizing their kids. At her son’s preschool near Seattle, Robin Haight is a foot soldier in the…

The Independent (U.K.) gives Andrew Wakefield front page during measles outbreak

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Just a few days ago, Andrew Wakefield made a statement (on the horrendous Age of Autism org site) that claims “British Government is entirely culpable for measles outbreak” because they did not allow for single vaccines. And, he goes on to say that the [combination] “MMR Vaccine Can Cause Autism” (completely false) thus leaving parents…

Parents think they are so smart

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‘Einstein parents’ say no to kids’ vaccination | News.com.au. Experts say the “baby Einstein” demographic – parents who take an intensive interest in their children’s education and health, eat organic food and use alternative medicines – is responsible. The World Health Organisation says immunisation rates for measles must be above 93 per cent to prevent…

Legacy of mistrust over MMR vaccine may be ending in U.K.

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This story suggests an interesting turnabout where a spectacular medical success fostered conditions for the emergence of skepticism. Wales measles: Parents ‘overcome MMR mistrust legacy’ Take-up for the MMR vaccine in the area dropped significantly in the late 1990s when research – which has since been discredited – raised concerns over the jab. Saturday has…