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September 2010 Back to top
Unimmunized adults, teens a key factor in spread of whooping cough, officials say
Los Angeles Times
September 23, 2010
Who is to blame for the spread in California of whooping cough, which has killed nine infants this year?
Whooping cough hits hardest among young babies, data shows
Los Angeles Times
September 17, 2010
Nine infants have died in California so far this year and officials urge flu shots for anyone who will be in contact with babies.
AMA, CDC, March of Dimes and others urge pregnant women to get flu shots
Los Angeles Times
September 15, 2010
The American Medical Assn., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the March of Dimes and seven other groups sent a letter to healthcare professionals Wednesday urging them to counsel pregnant patients to get a seasonal flu shot.
No link found between vaccine mercury and autism
September 13, 2010
A new government study adds to the evidence that thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative until recently found in many vaccines, does not increase children's risk of autism.
Flu vaccine readily available, and free for many this year
USA Today
September 7, 2010
Getting a flu shot will be far easier this fall than last, with retailers already stocking millions of doses and free shots available through Medicare and private insurance, officials say.
August 2010 Back to top
A shot in the arm for kids in California
August 28, 2010
Every state grants vaccine exemptions based on medical need.
Docs urge caution as PA sees more whooping cough
Associated Press
August 26, 2010
State officials are encouraging parents to make sure their children's immunizations are up-to-date as school starts amid an increase in the reported cases of whooping cough.
Vaccine refusals are on the rise
San Diego Union Tribune
August 23, 2010
Getting inoculated for diseases such as whooping cough and measles used to be a childhood rite of passage that few questioned.
Vaccine Is Steady, but Pertussis Is Surging
New York Times
August 16, 2010
For four weeks, my 11-year-old daughter has been coughing.
Deadly Whooping Cough, Once Wiped Out, Is Back
NPR: Weekend All Things Considered
August 14, 2010
California is in the midst of its worst outbreak of whooping cough in a half-century.
Vaccines still vital to protect children from serious diseases
Ventura County Star CA
August 10, 2010
With the recent news of an increasing number of pertussis 'whooping cough' cases, including the tragic deaths of some very young infants, this is a good time to reemphasize the important role that vaccines play in preventing some very serious diseases.
Opinion: Vaccinations and Exams are Crucial
San Antonino Express-News
August 12, 2010
Many of the people of my generation will recall the hysteria in the early 1950s when polio was ravaging our population.
Spread of Whooping Cough Raises Concerns
MSN Health
August 4, 2010
Amidst the largest outbreak of whooping cough in decades, public health officials in California are urging residents, particularly pregnant women and those who come into contact with infants, to make sure they're immunized for the highly contagious disease.
July 2010 Back to top
San Diego County baby dies of whooping cough
Los Angeles Times
July 30, 2010
A San Diego County baby has died of whooping cough, marking the seventh death statewide in an epidemic on track to be the worst in 50 years, authorities said Thursday.
Opinion: Vaccines are our best defense against some diseases
By Judith S. Palfrey, M.D., President, American Academy of Pediatrics
USA Today
July 25, 2010
Parents make powerful choices for their children. One of the most important is the decision to give them vaccines that will protect them from deadly, disabling diseases.
Infant dies of whooping cough, third confirmed death this year in L.A. county, sixth in state
Los Angeles Times
July 20, 2010
A third Los Angeles County infant has died of whooping cough, public health officials announced Tuesday. The confirmation of the death -- the sixth pertussis-related death this year in the state -- comes a day after the California Department of Public Health expanded criteria for those who should be vaccinated against the highly contagious disease amid what is shaping up to be the worst outbreak in 50 years.
Opinion - California's whooping cough epidemic - a really scary story
Contra Costa-Times
July 11, 2010
My nephew is a self-proclaimed connoisseur of scary movies.
Vaccination Rate Lags As an Epidemic Spreads
The New York Times
July 9, 2010
A statewide whooping cough epidemic has not changed how Danielle Lawson of San Anselmo feels about vaccinating her 5 1/2-month-old daughter.
June 2010 Back to top
Vaccination role unclear in whooping cough outbreak
June 28, 2010
Whooping cough, declared an epidemic in California last week, may look like just a cold or a persistent cough in adults.
State's whooping cough surge may be tied to lagging immunization rate
Los Angeles Times
June 28, 2010
Public health officials say California's lackluster immunization rates could be a factor in the epidemic spread of whooping cough, a bacterial disease expected to take its largest toll in the state in five decades.
Whooping cough epidemic in California
Associated Press
June 23, 2010
Whooping cough is now an epidemic in California, and is on pace to break a 50-year record for infections for the year.
Healthy Living for Babies Under 2
June 18, 2010
Children should get all the required vaccines, following the ACIP's published schedule.
Whooping cough cases still with us
Los Angeles Times
June 8, 2010
Reported cases of whooping cough have tripled since last year, according to state health officials, with the Central Valley, the San Francisco Bay Area and the Los Angeles region seeing sizable increases in infections.
The End of the Autism/Vaccine Debate?
Parenting Magazine
June 7, 2010
On playgrounds and at playdates, it's hard to have a conversation about childhood immunizations without the word autism popping up.
Vaccine refusal is putting everyone in danger
Los Angeles Times
June 1, 2010
Diseases such as measles and mumps are creeping back as well-meaning parents, wary of an unproven link to autism, refuse vaccines for their children, exposing them and others to a proven risk.
May 2010 Back to top
Whooping cough still with us, still deadly
Los Angeles Times
May 31, 2010
Two days after her second son, Dylan, was born in 2005, Mariah Bianchi let out yet another deep-chested cough, this time in the hospital, where she was recovering from the delivery.
Fear of immunization symptom of wider crisis
The Kansas City Star
May 31, 2010
The controversy surrounding British medical researcher Andrew Wakefield is an instructive one for this era of information overload.
A nasty rash
The Economist UK
May 27, 2010
Twelve years ago, Andrew Wakefield, a doctor at the Royal Free Hospital in London, published a paper pointing out that some children who had been vaccinated against three childhood diseasesâ€measles, mumps and rubellaâ€promptly developed inflammatory-bowel disease and autism.
Cases of whooping cough double in state
Los Angeles Times
May 27, 2010
California health authorities say that cases of whooping cough reported to the state have more than doubled so far this year †346 cases from Jan. 1 to April 30, up from 129 cases during the same period last year.
Delaying childhood vaccinations does not improve children's health, study finds
Los Angeles Times - Booster Shots
May 24, 2010
Now that the thimerosal-autism link has been thoroughly discredited, some autism advocates argue that neurodevelopmental problems are caused by overloading children's immune systems with too many vaccines too early in life.
Britain Bans Doctor Who Linked Autism to Vaccine
Associated Press
May 24, 2010
A doctor who persuaded millions of parents worldwide that a common vaccine could cause autism was barred from practicing medicine in his native Britain on Monday after the country's top medical group found he conducted his research unethically.
Infants Vulnerable to Measles Before 1st Shot
HealthDay News
May 19, 2010
Babies aren't scheduled to be vaccinated against measles until they turn a year old, but new research suggests that infants are vulnerable to the disease from the time they are 2 to 3 months old until they get their shot because the immunity they inherit from their mother wears off.
East Coast mumps outbreak may be spreading to L.A.
Los Angeles Times
May 16, 2010
A mumps outbreak on the East Coast - the largest in the United States in four years - may be spreading to Los Angeles County.
Adults Need Vaccines Too
Parenting Magazine
May 13, 2010
As a parent, you've probably read up on the vaccines that your child needs, keeping a careful record to make sure that your child is up-to-date on all of his shots.
Study: More parents skip or postpone vaccines
San Francisco Chronicle
May 6, 2010
In the Bay Area there's plenty of anecdotal evidence indicating that some parents are refusing and delaying vaccines for their children.
April 2010 Back to top
38-Day-Old Baby Dies After Persisting Cough
ABC News - Good Morning America
April 28, 2010
Baby Callie was a miracle baby to Katie and Craig VanTourhout of South Bend, Ind.
Opinion: Mercatante: Vaccine could be matter of life and death
The Port Huron Times Herald MI
April 27, 2010
Nothing is more heartbreaking than a young person's loss of life. An infant's death seems inexplicably heartbreaking.
Editorial: We need to uproot fear of immunizations
San Francisco Chronicle
April 21, 2010
On April 7, hearings began to decide whether Andrew Wakefield, the British physician whose speculative theories triggered a global vaccine scare, is guilty of serious professional misconduct.
Editorial: They Should Know Better
The New York Times
April 13, 2010
We were disturbed to learn that health care workers shunned the swine flu vaccine in droves.
Vaccines: The Reality Behind the Debate
Parents Magazine
May, 2010
As Summer Estall approached her first birthday, her mom, Lisa, had more on her mind than party plans.
The trouble with Dr. Oz
Chicago Tribune
April 8, 2010
Celebrity surgeon’s goal is to offer ‘as much information as possible’ on health issues.
Editorial: H1N1 Vaccine, Still Available
The New York TImes
April 7, 2010
Just a few months ago, nervous Americans were clamoring for access to vaccines that could protect them against the swine flu.
Measles Resurgence Tied To Parents' Vaccine Fears
April 5, 2010
A generation ago, up to 4 million U.S. children got measles every year.
March 2010 Back to top
Georgia Flu Cases Prompt for Vaccinations
Associated Press
March 29, 2010
Health officials are renewing their push for Americans to get swine flu vaccinations after a recent rise in hospital cases in Georgia.
Editorial: Vaccines Win Again
Wall Street Journal
March 16, 2010
Few medical scare campaigns have done as much harm as the one claiming to link autism to vaccines for children.
'Vaccines court' rejects mercury-autism link in 3 test cases
Los Angeles Times
March 13, 2010
The finding supports a broad scientific consensus that the mercury-containing preservative thimerosal does not cause autism, and will likely disappoint parents who are convinced otherwise.
Court: Thimerosal in vaccine didn't cause autism
USA Today
March 12, 2010
The vaccine additive thimerosal is not to blame for autism, a special federal court ruled Friday in a long-running battle by parents convinced there is a connection.
Vaccinations Widespread but Worrisome for Parents
ABC News
March 1, 2010
Nearly 90 percent of parents vaccinate their children as medically advised, but more than half still express concern over the safety of the vaccines, a survey from the University of Michigan found.
February 2010 Back to top
South Bend Couple Loses Baby to Pertussis
South Bend Tribune
February 28, 2010
Medical experts say pertussis, or ‘whooping cough’ -- once believed eradicated because of modern vaccines -- is again on the rise.The bacterial infection affects the respiratory system, causing serious health complications in young children, especially infants.
Swine Flu Wanes, But Experts Say Pandemic Strain Could Reemerge
Washington Post
February 23, 2010
Even as officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are announcing that the epidemic of the H1N1 flu is no longer widespread in any state, no disease expert is willing to say there isn't a third -- or fourth -- wave of swine flu in the country's future.
Editorial: The MMR vaccine scare
By Dr. Paul A. Offit
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 14, 2010
On Feb. 2, the Lancet, Britain's oldest and most respected medical journal, did something that journals almost never do; it retracted an article.
Vaccination opposition could be putting public at risk
Newsday NY
February 14, 2010
When a prominent British medical journal recently retracted a study linking vaccines and autism, it was a shot heard by parents around the world.
Get Vaccinated: Vaccine paranoia might be killing us
February 8, 2010
It has taken 14,160 lives, 2,328 of them in the U.S. Within the latter group are 248 children. No, it is not terrorism, nor is it war. It is H1N1.
Vaccines' Benefits Trump Concerns, Experts Say
NPR: Morning Edition
February 8, 2010
In 2009, there are vaccines against 13 diseases for children under the age of 2. That's excluding flu. This increase is worrisome to many parents.
Scientist: Autism Paper had Catastrophic Effects
NPR All Things Considered
February 7, 2010
Hippocrates would puke: Doctor hoaxed parents into denying kids vaccine
New York Daily News
February 6, 2010
British physician Dr. Andrew Wakefield has been branded a primary instigator of the mania that drove parents to avoid having their children undergo routine immunizations for fear that inoculations could produce autism.
Opinion: The damage of the anti-vaccination movement
Los Angeles Times
February 5, 2010
The doctor who launched the modern anti-vaccine movement acted dishonestly and irresponsibly, Britain's General Medical Council has ruled. But fear not. Dr. Andrew Wakefield is still a hero to his many acolytes. And others, with curious credentials, fight on to terrify parents into not getting their children inoculated.
Opinion: Time to Regroup on Autism
February 4, 2010
On Tuesday, the medical journal The Lancet retracted the controversial 1998 paper that linked the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to autism.
How a Zealot’s Word Led Us Astray on Autism
February 3, 2010
A dozen years ago, a British physician named Dr. Andrew Wakefield published a paper in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet that did immeasurable harm to children.
Editorial: The Lancet's Vaccine Retraction
Wall Street Journal
February 2, 2010
The British medical journal The Lancet yesterday offered a mea culpa of sorts for its role in launching a global vaccine scare.
January 2010 Back to top
British doctor rebuked over research linking vaccine and autism
Los Angeles Times
January 29, 2010
The British doctor whose suggestion of a link between the MMR shot and autism helped cause vaccination rates to plunge conducted his now-discredited research in a dishonest and irresponsible manner, medical authorities here concluded Thursday.
Doctor in MMR-Autism Scare Ruled Unethical
Time Magazine
January 29, 2010
Wakefield's study has since been discredited, and the MMR vaccine deemed to be safe. But now medical authorities in the U.K. have also ruled that the manner in which Wakefield carried out his research was unethical.
Rotavirus vaccines could reduce deaths in Third World
Los Angeles Times
January 28, 2010
Vaccines that protect against severe disease and death from rotavirus infections in the United States and other developed countries work nearly as well in developing countries and should be widely employed there, researchers report today in two papers in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Stars vs. Science
January 14, 2010
In 2008, the Centers for Disease Control reported that measles outbreaks had spiked because more parents were deciding to leave their children unvaccinated, thanks to the burgeoning anti-vaccine movement.
Missed vaccines weaken 'herd immunity' in children<http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2010-01-06-childhoodvaccines06_CV_N.htm>
USA Today
January 6, 2010
Although vaccines have nearly eliminated many of these diseases, doctors say outbreaks in unvaccinated communities put everyone at risk.
Another study finds no MMR-autism link
January 4, 2010
Overall, the study found, children who had received the MMR vaccine actually had a lower risk of autism than their unvaccinated peers.
Without Chickenpox Shot, Kids' Risk Rises Ninefold
HealthDay News
January 5, 2010
Children whose parents refuse to have them vaccinated for chickenpox have a ninefold greater chance of contracting the disease than those who are vaccinated, a new study finds.
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