I've been thinking about herd immunity in the last few weeks and took a moment to look at the concept's historical roots. As is more often the case than I would like, my understanding needed refreshing and refashioning.
Public Health Ontario, in collaboration with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, have published data which reveal a 71 percent drop in hospitalizations due to rotavirus infection since the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine in 2011.
The American Medical Association (AMA) the largest association of physicians in the United States has called for an end to non-medical exemptions for vaccinations. They argued that there is no scientific basis for non-medical (philosophical or religious) exemptions and these exemptions put the public s health at risk. AMA doctors
Browse any news publication and you will surely come across a catchy health-themed headline that s meant to grab your attention, for example: Living at High Altitudes is Linked to Higher SIDS risk. If you re a parent living in mile-high Denver, this headline will stop you in your tracks. How can you not read that? The article does even more harm as it makes no
Tomorrow (April 24th) begins World Immunization Week, a campaign started by the World Health Organization (WHO) to increase worldwide efforts to immunize children against a variety of life threatening
A bipartisan coalition of Aussie lawmakers, led by P.M. Tony Abbott, has proposed that financial penalties be levied on parents who fail to get their children vaccinated against viral contagions
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Public health educators may believe that rationally advising parents about the facts of vaccine safety will lead them to abandon their fears of side-effects. However, a new survey study seems to show that, while a battle may be won, the war is lost.
Several societies concerned with countering the spread of infectious diseases issued a call for mandatory immunization of all healthcare workers. They outlined their reasons, but those are quite obvious and this mandate is long overdue, as we here at ACSH have been saying for years.