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Parents who don't vaccinate kids tend to be affluent, better educated, experts say

Jan 29 2019

Vaccines are universally backed by respected scientists and federal agencies, but that isn’t enough to convince every parent to vaccinate their children. The decision to fly in the face of near universal scientific opinion doesn't come as a result of a lack of intellect, however, as experts who have studied vaccines and immunology acknowledge that many parents who don't vaccinate their children are well-educated. They also appear to be the victims of a widespread misinformation campaign, the experts said. Daniel Salmon, who is the director of the Institute of Vaccine Safety at Johns Hopkins University, said that existing research suggests that there are some common attributes that many parents who choose not to vaccinate their children share. "They tend to be better educated. They tend to be white, and they tend to be higher income. They tend to have larger families and they tend to use complementary and alternative medicine like chiropractors and naturopaths," Salmon said.

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Washington State Officials Declare State Of Emergency As Measles Outbreak Continues

Jan 28 2019

Health officials in Washington have declared a state of emergency and are urging immunization as they scramble to contain a measles outbreak in two counties, while the number of cases of the potentially deadly virus continues to climb in a region with lower-than-normal vaccination rates. Washington Department of Health officials announced that as of Monday afternoon, there have been 36 confirmed cases and 11 suspected cases of the disease. That is a significant increase from the reported numbers on Friday, when Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency. At the time, there were 26 confirmed measles cases. In Friday's statement, Inslee said, "The measles virus is a highly contagious infectious disease that can be fatal in small children, and the existence of 26 confirmed cases in the state of Washington creates an extreme public health risk that may quickly spread to other counties." Since then, 10 new cases have been confirmed, nine in Clark County, which borders Portland, Ore., creating concern in that state as well.

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Washington state’s measles outbreak coincides with low rates of immunization

Jan 28 2019

A measles outbreak in the Northwest part of the country is leading to new concerns about a lack of vaccinations in some communities, and just who may have been exposed to the infectious disease. Public health officials in Washington, across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon, say there are 35 confirmed cases in Clark County; 25 of them are in kids who are 10 years old or younger. At least 31 of those cases are among those not immunized. Two other cases are confirmed in Oregon and Washington. The area's considered a hot spot, so to speak, when it comes to lack of vaccinations. Hari Sreenivasan spoke about that very issue yesterday for "NewsHour" weekend with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the NIH.

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Still Too Few Teens Getting the HPV Vaccine

Jan 28 2019

​HPV vaccination rates for younger American adolescents are alarmingly low, researchers say. "While we have seen gains in HPV vaccination coverage, we are still falling behind at the younger ages," said study lead author Robert Bednarczyk. He'sassistant professor of global health and epidemiology at Emory University in Atlanta. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted virus that can cause cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancer in women; penile cancer in men; and mouth, throat and anal cancer in both sexes. Two shots of the HPV vaccine, six to 12 months apart, are recommended for kids who are 11 or 12 years old. For the study, researchers analyzed 2016 data from a nationwide U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey of parents. The findings showed that about 43 percent of kids aged 13 to 17 were fully vaccinated against HPV. But only about 16 percent of 13-year-olds and about 35 percent of 15-year-olds had received all recommended doses of the vaccine.

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The Hidden Reason Behind Low Vaccination Rates In The U.S.

Jan 28 2019

It is widely agreed upon by health professionals that immunizations are one of the top few greatest advancement in public health – on par with clean drinking water. However, despite the known success of vaccines in reducing morbidity and mortality, immunization rates remain relatively low across the U.S. in 2019, especially in the 19-35 month age range. But Americans who blame anti-vaccination parents aren’t considering the full immunization story in the United States. Yes, those who do not vaccinate their children do play a role in our failing rates (and recent lies about vaccinations causing Autism make matters worse), but there are less known, more significant causes to poor immunization completion rates for children. Primarily, money and time. Low immunization rates are the result of a misaligned financial incentive structure for vaccination providers, and thus, transferred to parents.

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Washington Declares Emergency For Measles Outbreak: How This Affects You

Jan 27 2019

Still think that telling people to avoid vaccination doesn't have consequences? Here are the latest consequences of people not getting the measles vaccine. On Friday, Jay Inslee, Governor of the state of Washington declared a State of Emergency throughout the state due to the ongoing measles outbreak that has now affected at least 26 people. This is the outbreak that I wrote about for Forbes six days ago. Clearly things have gotten worse since then. This means that the Washington State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan will be implemented. This means that the Washington State Military Department, State Emergency Operations Center, the Department of Health, and local officials will have to coordinate their resources and efforts. This means that taxpayer dollars and other resources that could have gone to other things now need to be allocated to deal with this emergency.

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Some doctors helping anti-vaccine parents get medical exemptions

Jan 27 2019

Alyssa Hernandez often worries about her 2-year-old son, Noah, when they leave their Sacramento, California home. The little boy, who had a liver transplant when he was 6 months old, cannot get vaccinated against a number of diseases, including highly contagious measles, because his immune system is suppressed due to the transplant. “I’m scared to take him out,” Hernandez said. “I’m scared to have him go to school, because you don’t know what’s around.” As parts of the U.S. experience some of the worst measles outbreaks in years — largely due to parents who don't vaccinate their children — that fear is understandable. The World Health Organization has ranked resistance to vaccinations as one of the top 10 threats to public health in 2019. In California, an increasing number of parents are finding ways to avoid immunizations for their children, with the the surprising assistance of medical doctors, a recent study found.

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Half of new parents shown anti-vaccine misinformation on social media – report

Jan 24 2019

Half of all parents with small children have been exposed to misinformation about vaccines on social media, according to a new report that finds the most common reason not to vaccinate is the fear of side-effects. Is the anti-vaccine movement putting lives at risk? “We need to counteract health misinformation online and via social media,” said Shirley Cramer, the chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), which published the report. “We call on the social media giants and the platforms to look at what they could do around this because it is a breeding ground for misleading information and negative messaging. There could be some really negative and dangerous consequences. They need to take some responsibility.” “Anti-vaxx” groups target the parents of new babies via social media, posting stories claiming babies have died or been harmed by vaccination. A US group called Stop Mandatory Vaccination, run by Larry Cook, was censured by the UK’s advertising watchdog in November over a paid-for Facebook post, after a complaint by the mother of a young baby in the UK.

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This Country Singer’s Sore Throat Turned Out to Be a Sign of Cancer

Jan 24 2019

You know the feeling at the beginning of any pesky cold—congestion, a sore throat, and, probably, swollen tonsils. In rare cases, though, sore throats involving your tonsils could be a sign of cancer, which Grammy-winning country singer John Berry recently experienced. Berry, 59, shared in a Facebook video that he started feeling a “catch” in his throat that felt just like the “skin of a Spanish peanut was stuck in my throat.” And, when he shined a flashlight down the back of his mouth, he noticed his tonsils were “really swollen.” After a visit to the doctor, he was prescribed a round of antibiotics and steroids, but his symptoms continued. He eventually saw an ear, nose, and throat specialist who had him undergo a CT scan, which revealed that he had two tumors in his tonsils. Berry’s wife, Robin, said in the video that her husband will undergo treatment for about five weeks, adding that “all is well.” Berry also told his fans that his cancer is “highly treatable” and has an “incredible” 90 percent cure rate.


Tucson dad of six children dies from flu, family asking for help

Jan 22 2019

Burying a child is a parent’s worst nightmare. It started with a cold, a fever and a trip to the hospital. Four days later, Warren Lewis died from the flu. “He loved music, he created music, he was a great father. He did everything he could in his power to make sure his children were safe and taken care of,” said Warren’s mother, Nikki Allen. Warren Lewis, 33, struggled with asthma all his life. Last week, he was diagnosed with influenza “A” virus. “They started giving him medications for the flu. But they could not get rid of that fever, and that also works on your breathing,” Allen said. “Because he didn’t get a chance to rid of that flu virus, they both started working together.” On Jan. 20, Warren passed away. He leaves behind, six children and many family members including his mom and his best friend, his sister Vashti Lewis.

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