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Fall Weather Headed Your Way? Time For Flu Shots

Sep 04 2017

The arrival of a new school year and cooler temperatures also means the arrival of flu vaccines in doctors' offices, pharmacies, clinics, work places, and school campuses. With flu season on its way, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued updated recommendations Monday for the flu vaccine — but without the needle-free option so many parents were hoping for.

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Why are California charter schools' vaccination rates so much worse than district-run schools?

Aug 28 2017

Last year, after California's new, stricter immunization law took effect, parents could no longer simply obtain a "personal belief" exemption to enroll their unvaccinated child in school, public or private. And unless the child had a legitimate medical reason not to be vaccinated — or, at least, a physician willing to sign an exemption — or a special education plan, the rule was "no shots, no school." But the law exempted students who didn't receive classroom-based instruction, making independent study programs like River Oaks Academy among the only options left for an unvaccinated child to receive publicly-funded schooling.

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Serious Reactions to Vaccines Rarely Recur: Review

Aug 28 2017

When a child has a serious reaction to a vaccine, the chances of it happening again are slim, a new analysis suggests. The review, of 29 studies, found that severe vaccine reactions recurred rarely, if ever, when a child received the same vaccine again, or one with similar ingredients. Those reactions included seizures and a potentially dangerous allergic response called anaphylaxis.

Source: US news and World Report US news and World Report

EDITORIAL: School’s back and, stupidly, so are preventable diseases

Aug 24 2017

In Colorado, it’s much easier to say that you don’t want to vaccinate children than to prove that you have. What’s worse is that yet another attempt to create at least marginal compliance failed earlier this year in the state legislature. Anti-vaxers balked at Senate Bill 17-250, which would have standardized “opting out” instead of allowing for what is now pretty much a note from mom on a lunch sack

Source: Aurora Sentinel Aurora Sentinel