Tag: Vaccination and Immunization

Ebola Could Be Eradicated — But Only if the World Works Together

The global health community got a few pieces of hopeful news this week. On Monday the World Health Organization announced that two newly developed intravenous drug therapies appear capable of curing Ebola. The medications could help end a continuing epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where nearly 2,800 people have been infected over the […]

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Where Rabies Is Entrenched

Rabies has been known since antiquity, and has been completely preventable since Pasteur developed a vaccine more than a century ago. But the World Health Organization still considers it “a neglected disease of poor and vulnerable populations.” Why? Rabies, one expert has written, “became a neglected disease when it was eliminated from Europe and North […]

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Congo Draws Up a New Battle Plan Against Ebola Amid Power Struggle

Faced with an Ebola outbreak that sprawls over a vast swath of the Democratic Republic of Congo, public health officials are conceding that their battle against the virus is failing and have proposed a comprehensive new strategy for ending the epidemic. The plan envisions reframing the epidemic as a regional humanitarian crisis, not simply a […]

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Health Facts Aren’t Enough. Should Persuasion Become a Priority?

In a paper published early this year in Nature Human Behavior, scientists asked 500 Americans what they thought about foods that contained genetically modified organisms. The vast majority, more than 90 percent, opposed their use. This belief is in conflict with the consensus of scientists. Almost 90 percent of them believe G.M.O.s are safe — […]

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Polio Cases Surge in Pakistan and Afghanistan

The global drive to eliminate polio, which has gone on for 31 years and consumed over $16 billion, has been set back again by a surge of new cases in Pakistan and Afghanistan. As of July 10, there were a total of 42 polio paralysis cases in the two countries. They comprise a single large […]

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HPV Vaccines Are Reducing Infections, Warts — and Probably Cancer

Vaccines against the human papillomavirus have sharply reduced infections, genital and anal warts, and precancerous lesions in young women and girls in more than a dozen wealthy countries, a major new study has found — powerful evidence that these vaccines will ultimately cause major drops in cervical cancer. The vaccines are so effective that when […]

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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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Bats, Not Dogs, Are the Most Common Source of Rabies

Bats are the main cause of human rabies in the United States and have been for several years, responsible for infecting seven of every 10 people who develop the disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Wednesday. Even though the actual number of rabies cases is very small, the C.D.C. made its […]

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For the Third Time, W.H.O. Declines to Declare the Ebola Outbreak an Emergency

For the third time, the World Health Organization declined on Friday to declare the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a public health emergency, though the outbreak spread this week into neighboring Uganda and ranks as the second deadliest in history. An expert panel advising the W.H.O. advised against it because the risk […]

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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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To Calm Nervous Families, Pakistan Changes Polio Vaccination Tactics

After serious setbacks in April led to a cluster of new polio cases, Pakistan is revamping its vaccination strategy in a renewed effort to wipe out the virus. The country is one of just three — along with Afghanistan and perhaps Nigeria — in which polio is still endemic. Eradication of the virus in Pakistan […]

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