Tag: Measles

Get Vaccinated or Leave School: 26,000 N.Y. Children Face a Choice

Jacquelynn Vance-Pauls, a real-estate lawyer in upstate New York, has a 14-year-old son with autism who was recently kicked out of his private special needs school. Her 9-year-old twins and her high-school senior are also on the verge of being expelled from their public schools. The children did not do anything wrong, nor are they […]

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Starting This Week, 26,000 Unvaccinated Kids Have to Get Shots to Attend School in New York

As children head to school this fall, the number of measles cases in New York has slowed to a trickle, and some officials are cautiously optimistic that they have seen the worst of the outbreak, which largely affected Orthodox Jewish families who avoided immunizations. But even though the New York outbreak—which has sickened nearly 900 […]

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W.H.O. Warns of ‘Dramatic’ Rise in Measles in Europe

LONDON — Measles has returned to four European countries this year amid a “dramatic resurgence” in the disease on the continent, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, a reversal fueled in part by a rising wave of people who are refusing to be vaccinated. The number of cases in the first half of the […]

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Who Cares What Celebrities Think About Vaccines?

Last week, just ahead of back-to-school season, New York State health officials issued emergency regulations limiting medical exemptions from vaccination requirements for kids attending schools or day care centers. What do celebrities think about this development? Hopefully, the public won’t find out — because it doesn’t matter. But unfortunately, when it comes to opinions about […]

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By the Numbers: Vaccines Are Safe

Billions of doses of vaccines have been given to Americans in the 30 years of the injury program’s existence. During that time, about 21,000 people filed claims. Of 18,000 claims that have been evaluated so far, roughly two-thirds have been dismissed because the program determined that the evidence showed vaccines were not at fault. About […]

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Vaccine Injury Claims Are Few and Far Between

At a time when the failure to immunize children is driving the biggest measles outbreak in decades, a little-known database offers one way to gauge the safety of vaccines. Over roughly the past dozen years in the United States, people have received about 126 million doses of vaccines against measles, a disease that once infected […]

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Eager to Limit Exemptions to Vaccination, States Face Staunch Resistance

As measles spread across the nation earlier this year, 71 residents of Vancouver, Wash., fell ill, most of them unvaccinated children. So state Rep. Paul Harris, a Republican representing the district, sponsored a measure to limit exemptions from immunization. Activists protesting the bill converged on his legislative office; the resulting chaos led security officers to […]

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Measles Outbreak: Ending Religious Exemptions for Vaccinations

Weather: Expect a bright day, with a high near 75. Wind gusts may be as high as 15 miles per hour. Alternate-side parking: In effect until July 4. ImageCreditJohn Taggart for The New York Times New York is the epicenter of the country’s measles outbreak. The outbreak has mostly affected ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn […]

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New York Is Poised to Bar Religious Exemptions for Vaccinations

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — Lawmakers in New York, the epicenter of the nation’s measles outbreak, moved on Thursday to end religious and other nonmedical exemptions for immunizations, overcoming vocal opposition from vaccine skeptics and advocates for religious freedom. The Legislature’s approval […]

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Jessica Biel Weighs in on Vaccine Fight, Drawing Fierce Pushback

The public conversation over vaccines in America has been clouded by confusion, debunked scientific studies and unfounded claims over toxins and vaccine injury. But one image that spread widely on Thursday told a clear story: the actress Jessica Biel, sitting next to Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has publicly questioned the safety of vaccines, on […]

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Here Is What Jessica Biel Opposes in California’s Vaccine Bill

A contentious bill that would make it more difficult for Californians to avoid mandatory vaccinations for their children leapt into national headlines this week when two high-profile opponents of the bill, the actress Jessica Biel and the anti-vaccination advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., visited state lawmakers to lobby against it. Here’s what you need to […]

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Jessica Biel Opposes California’s Vaccine Bill. Here’s What It Would Do.

A contentious bill that would make it more difficult for Californians to avoid mandatory vaccinations for their children leapt into national headlines this week when two high-profile opponents of the bill, the actress Jessica Biel and the anti-vaccination advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., visited state lawmakers to lobby against it. Here’s what you need to […]

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Bastion of Anti-Vaccine Fervor: Progressive Waldorf Schools

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y. — The mother of an unvaccinated child here in the New York suburbs says eating papaya helps to combat measles. The father of another child who has not been immunized believes that big pharmaceutical companies are […]

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Measles Cases Reach Highest Level in More Than 25 Years, C.D.C. Says

There have been more measles cases in the United States the first five months of 2019 than there were in all of 1994, when the last large outbreak occurred, federal health officials said on Thursday, in part because of the spread of misinformation about vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday […]

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