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A multidisciplinary team from Texas just published their work in PLOS Medicine on U.S. vaccination rates in children, specifically focusing on nonmedical exemptions (NMEs) in states and counties. With 72.2% of those 19 to 35 months of age fully vaccinated nationwide, the researchers sought to determine the impact of parental concerns over safety and efficacy in opt out rates due to religious and philosophical beliefs. Their analysis of data was based on the 18 states that allow more nonspecific, philosophical-belief NMEs that can include religious objections.

What did they discover?

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We‘ve written extensively about the move by some to avoid routine vaccinations of children on the totally unproven grounds that some vaccines contain mercury or might cause autism. The truth is, of course, that vaccination not only prevents disease in vaccine recipients but also via herd immunity, can protect those who can’t be vaccinated for medical or other reasons. Considering the coverage anti-vaxxers have garnered at times, one might fear that most children entering school are at risk of measles or chickenpox or other ills. However, some recent statistics from the CDC should help allay these concerns.

Writing in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Dr. Michael Underwood and colleagues...

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Health officials from the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization announced at a meeting last week that rubella, aka German measles, has officially been eradicated from the Americas. As was the case with elimination of polio and smallpox, this region is the first to achieve this goal after a 15-year effort. PAHO/WHO director Carissa F. Etienne pointed out that this region was the first to eliminate these...

Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 2.48.07 PMIn 1998 Andrew Wakefield, a British physician, published a report linking receiving the MMR vaccine (mumps, measles and rubella) with an increased risk of autism. Despite the fact that this report was later withdrawn by the publishing journal (The Lancet), and investigations demonstrated that Wakefield had had conflicts of interest and had been guilty of fraud (and lost his medical license), the suspicion about vaccines took hold of many parents. And in spite of the fact that later studies have also disproved this connection, fear remains in some quarters and is linked to a...

downloadA 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 absent of course medical contraindications or narrow, well-defined religious objections.

In other words, the penalties, generally administered by the taxing authorities, would apply to those who plead philosophical or belief exemptions (in Australia, also sometimes known as conscientious objection). The no jab, no...

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The numbers of the sick, and the dead, pile up: the CDC says this is the worst flu season in recent years, although a significant part of that designation derives from the woeful success rate of this year s vaccine, around 23 percent effective.

Some of the disturbing stats: About 198 out of every 100,000 people 65 and older have been hospitalized with flu-related illness this...

vaccThis year, our country has seen the highest incidence of measles 16 outbreaks and almost 500 reported cases since the year 2000 when the infection was declared eradicated in the U.S. And the reason for this resurgence is that parents are choosing not to have their children vaccinated against preventable childhood infections, such as measles despite the fact that the CDC reports...

Measles is Back!A large Canadian study shows that infants who receive the MMR vaccine (protective against measles, mumps and rubella) and at the same visit receive the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine termed MMRV have an approximately double the risk of febrile seizures within the 7-10 days thereafter, as compared with those who got the 2 shots separately (MMR+V). However, the absolute rate of such transient, self-limited seizures is minuscule, whether occurring after MMRV or MMR+V.

The group of researchers from the University of...

148559465We re pretty sure that by now you re at least somewhat familiar with the fraudulent (and supremely damaging) research done (made up, really) by Andrew Wakefield the former physician whose license was revoked in the UK which claimed there was a link between a children s vaccine and autism. It is impossible to calculate the number of illnesses and preventable deaths caused by this sordid affair, but it must be enormous. Even today long after the fraud was thoroughly exposed some people still cling to their beliefs that vaccines cause autism.

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148559465Last week, the New York City Department of Health announced that it is investigating an outbreak of measles in northern Manhattan and the Bronx. By March 7, the NYC DOH had identified 16 cases seven adults and nine pediatric cases. According to a story on the Daily Beast, other large metropolitan areas, Boston for example,...