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388 Measles Cases Reported in Just Three States During 2019

Mar 17 2019

​According to various state governments and news publishers, the measles outbreaks during 2019 continue to expand throughout the USA. The majority of the measles cases reported during 2019 are segmented into 2 categories, which are under-vaccinated individuals or related to international travel. Countries such as Israel, the Philippines, and Ukraine continue to report significant measles outbreaks, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In response to this worldwide measles epidemic, the CDC reissued 17 Travel Alerts, on March 11, 2019. The measles virus can easily spread when it reaches a community in the U.S. where groups of people are unvaccinated.

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Opinion: America urgently needs a national vaccine initiative

Mar 15 2019

Vaccinations in the United States have saved millions of lives, increased life expectancy and saved trillions of dollars in societal costs. The science is clear –vaccines are safe, effective and the best protection we have against serious preventable diseases like measles. Vaccine programs are one of public health’s greatest accomplishments, yet we are rapidly losing ground. While most people choose to vaccinate, health officials and health care providers face significant challenges communicating with those who are uncertain about vaccines because of misinformation, distrust and fear. And because of our success with immunizations in the U.S., today’s parents may not understand how devastating these diseases can be and how serious a threat they pose. We urgently need federal resources and leadership for a national vaccine initiative spearheaded by CDC in partnership with states to counter anti-vaccine messages and halt the backsliding. State, territorial, tribal and local public health agencies are on the front lines doing critical work with severely limited resources. I strongly urge Congress to provide sustained, predictable and increased funding for a strong public health system and a national vaccine initiative.

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How the anti-vaccine movement targets cities – and creates disease ‘hotspots’

Mar 14 2019

Just a 30-minute drive from Portland, Oregon, is Washington’s Clark County, home to one of the largest outbreaks of measles in the US. Of the 70 or so confirmed cases, the majority are unvaccinated children under the age of 10. In a country that had previously eliminated measles, in 2000, hundreds of children are being kept out of school to avoid exposure to the disease. It is so contagious that if one child is diagnosed, all are considered at risk. The outbreak, declared a public health emergency earlier this year, began when an infected person from another country visited the area. All it took was for this “patient zero” to come into contact with children who hadn’t been inoculated. Then, as these children visited healthcare facilities, schools, churches and a furniture shop, the disease began to spread.

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Rotary's iron lung road trip to eradicate polio coming to Forbes

Mar 14 2019

The machine in this picture might not even be recognised by many young people, but just a couple of generations ago thousands of children contracted polio - and lived in one of these just so they could breathe. Vaccinations mean the polio virus has been eradicated in Australia, and Rotarians hope to see it wiped out right across the world. They're bringing this particular Australian-made and still functioning iron lung on a tour through the district, raising awareness that polio remains a real risk in three countries and raising further funds for its eradication. They will be in Forbes on March 23, so once you've cast your vote in the State election you're encouraged to come and have a look. When Rotary and the World Health Organisation launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988, there were an estimated 350,000 cases of polio, Rotary's End Polio Now campaign website explains. Since then more than 2.5 billion children have been immunised, thanks to countless volunteer hours and more than $1.7 billion funding.

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Are Colleges Prepared for a Meningococcal Disease Outbreak?

Mar 14 2019

​New research says ‘achieving high MenB vaccination coverage is crucial to help protect at-risk persons during outbreaks of meningococcal disease caused by this serogroup.’ Moreover, 10 to 15 percent of meningitis B patients ultimately die from an infection, says the CDC. This new study was published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in March 2019, it says ‘Although the incidence of meningococcal disease is low, university students are at increased risk of meningococcal disease caused by serogroup B outbreaks.’ This study reviewed outbreaks between 2013 and 2018 that included 39 cases and 2 deaths. In some outbreaks, cases occurred over a prolonged period of time, as in a 2008–2010 Ohio outbreak, and the 2013–2014 New Jersey outbreak.

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Amazon, Facebook, Google and Twitter asked by the AMA do more to limit false anti-vaccine claims

Mar 13 2019

The American Medical Association is urging the country's largest internet technology firms to clamp down on misinformation about vaccines in light of the ongoing series of measles outbreaks. The nation's most influential physician organization on Wednesday sent a letter to the CEOs of Amazon, Facebook, Google, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube expressing concern that their respective internet media channels are spreading false information about the safety and efficacy of vaccines, and as a result have been driving parents to not immunize their children. In a similar fashion, last month Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif) sent a letter to chief executives at Facebook and Google requesting they address false claims about vaccines made on their platforms.

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Amazon removes books promoting autism "cures" and vaccine misinformation

Mar 13 2019

​Amazon is removing books that promote supposed "cures" for autism, the Associated Press reports. It's part of an effort by several big tech companies to cut down on the spread of misinformation about vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is no cure for autism spectrum disorder, only medications that can help some function better. Decades of medical research has also consistently shown there is no link between vaccines and autism. A spokeswoman for Inc. confirmed the books were no longer available on the site, but did not provide additional information, according to the AP. Last week, fellow tech giant Facebook announced it is cracking down on the spread of vaccine misinformation. Facebook will now reduce the rankings of pages and groups that promote medical myths across the platform, taking action against verifiable vaccine hoaxes, the company said. According to the company, the steps it is taking will make misinformation appear less frequently in News Feeds, public and private pages and groups, search predictions and recommendations.

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Whooping cough vaccine less effective because the bacteria is mutating, study suggests

Mar 13 2019

The vaccine for whooping cough doesn’t work as well as it used to, and new research suggests it’s largely because the bacteria behind the disease has mutated. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed lab samples from patients with whooping cough between 2000 and 2013 and found Bordetella pertussis, which causes whooping cough, has gone through genetic changes over time. That means the current vaccine is not a perfect match to the bacteria. Researchers hope the new data published Wednesday in the journal “Emerging Infectious Diseases” will help change that. “The genomic data we provide will aid open research toward improved vaccine development and disease control strategies,” the CDC authors wrote in their report. Infectious disease experts agree.

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Expert Says Colorado Measles Outbreak Is Certain

Mar 13 2019

​Colorado has one of the country's lowest vaccination rates because parents can easily opt out. A doctor says that primes the state for a measles outbreak. Then, we follow up our last recycling feature to answer even more of your questions. Next, David Migoya of the Denver Post talks about sunshine laws. Finally, revisiting our Killdozer feature.

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The Latest Measles Outbreaks Are Leading To Legislative Changes

Mar 13 2019

​All right folks. Let’s be frank: vaccines work. There’s no evidence that getting vaccinated leads to autism. And vaccines can keep us safe from diseases like polio, measles, mumps and rubella. But around the world, cases of measles are on the rise, and the World Health Organization is blaming some of the spike on the refusal by some parents to vaccinate their children. Why have anti-vax myths taken such strong hold? What role has social media played in spreading vaccine misinformation?

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