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Why mandatory vaccinations are critical, visualized

Mar 24 2017

The mission of the federal Department of Health and Human Services is a simple one: “to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans.” One of the most effective ways to protect the health of Americans has proven to be vaccinations against infectious diseases. Before the introduction of the polio vaccine in the mid-1950s, tens of thousands of people were afflicted. In 1952, nearly 3,200 people died. By 1960, there were a few hundred cases, and 90 deaths. These days, there are usually no reported cases in a year.

Source: The Washington Post The Washington Post

Fading Immunity to MMR Vaccine May Be Behind the Mumps Epidemic

Mar 17 2017

Hi. My name is Paul Offit. I'm talking to you today from the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Last year in the United States, there were 5642 cases of mumps. [Editor's note: These were the case numbers noted at the most recent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Working Group meeting on February 22, 2017.] That was the biggest mumps epidemic we've had in a long time, and it included 19 university-based outbreaks. To find out what happened, let's go back to the beginning.

Source: Medscape Medscape

Let’s focus on the real environmental factors linked to autism

Mar 15 2017

The publication of Andrew Wakefield’s notorious and now discredited research on autism and vaccines in 1998 triggered a surge of worry about vaccine safety. Since then, questions about a purported connection between autism and vaccines have been asked and definitively answered: There is no link. But there are other factors linked to the development of autism that have solid scientific support.


Room for improvement on Colorado childhood immunization rates

Mar 11 2017

The good news is that Colorado childhood immunization rates have risen, from only 50 percent of children vaccinated in the 1990s to 75 percent today. The bad news is we could do better. A report recently released by the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition found that there are still 17 Colorado counties, many rural, in which less than 50 percent of children are immunized.

Source: The Denver Post The Denver Post

Mumps alert issued in Colorado

Mar 02 2017

More than four dozen cases of mumps have been reported in Colorado only two months into 2017. At the start of March, 49 cases have been reported across the state. Most of those cases are in the Denver metro area. There were 17 reported cases in all of 2016.