U.S. Multi-State Measles Outbreak
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State Health Departments are investigating a multi-state outbreak of measles associated with travel to Disneyland Resort Theme Parks. Healthcare providers should ensure that all of their patients are current on MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - January 30, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Poll Finds Gaping Chasm In Views Between U.S. Public, Scientists
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American scientists and the general public hold vastly different views on key scientific issues including the role of people in causing climate change, the safety of genetically modified food, and evolution, a poll released on Thursday showed. Eighty-seven percent of scientists questioned by the Pew Research Center said human activity was the main cause of global climate change, compared with 50 percent of the public. Twenty-five percent of the public said there was no solid evidence the climate was warming, up from 11 percent in a similar 2009 survey. The i...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 29, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Arizona Monitoring 1,000 People After Potential Measles Exposure
PHOENIX (AP) — A measles outbreak in Arizona that originated at California's Disney parks is at risk of increasing dramatically in size as health officials keep tabs on 1,000 people, including nearly 200 children who could have been exposed at a Phoenix-area medical center. Those who haven't been vaccinated are being asked to stay home for 21 days, a standard health practice, or wear masks if they have to go out in public. State Health Services director Will Humble said it's possible but unlikely that the number of cases can be contained at seven. "To stay in your house for 21 days is hard," he said. "...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 28, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Measles and Vaccinations
Fifteen years ago, measles was considered eliminated from the United States. However, in recent weeks the number of people infected with measles has gone up to 78 since an outbreak in California’s Disneyland.  In 2014 alone there were 644 reported cases in the United States. Many of those infected were never vaccinated for various reasons.  One of the primary reasons is parent’s fear or concerns regarding the measles vaccine.  Many people may not realize the devastating effects measles can have and therefore do not fear the disease but tend to fear the vaccine due to hearing about possible side e...
Source: Dragonfly - January 28, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Public Health Source Type: news

One mother’s story: I went ahead with the measles vaccine despite my fears
Before she had children, Marcie was terrified by vaccines, including the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. At the time, she worked in early intervention, coordinating services for parents of special-needs preschoolers. “Many of them believed their kids got sick or showed signs of a developmental delay after being vaccinated,” she recalls. “It made perfect sense, and I had no reason to doubt their beliefs.” Her fears solidified after reading anti-vaccine books, and she vowed to avoid vaccinating her own children. After her first son was born, however, Marcie and her husband agreed to compromi...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - January 26, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Lisa Fratt Tags: Our patients’ stories Source Type: news

CDC Reminds Providers to Check Patients' MMR Vaccine Status (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and André Sofair, MD, MPH The CDC is reminding physicians to make sure that all eligible patients are up to date on their measles, mumps, … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 26, 2015 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Disneyland Measles Outbreak Prompts Doctors To Call For Vaccinations
(State public health agency cites unvaccinated individuals as principal factor in outbreak) By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES, Jan 23 (Reuters) - The leading U.S. pediatrician group on Friday urged parents, schools and communities to vaccinate children against measles in the face of an outbreak that began at Disneyland in California in December and has spread to more than 80 people in seven states and Mexico. The American Academy of Pediatrics said all children should get the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella between 12 and 15 months of age and again between 4 and 6 years old. "A family vaca...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 24, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Phony Anti-Vaccine Propaganda Is Killing U.S. Children
When the nation turned our eyes to watch the ball drop in Times Square on New Year's Eve, we saw actress and former Playboy Playmate Jenny McCarthy urging viewers to kiss her on our TV screens. Thousands of people did, and sent her pictures to prove it. That's the nature of being a celebrity, possessing the ability to influence other people's behavior, and therein lies its potential for abuse. The idea that vaccines cause autism has been found to be totally false by doctors and scientists, in the same way almost all sane observers agree global warming is manmade. But thanks to anti-vaccine misinformation spread by some...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 16, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Disneyland: The Latest Victim of the Anti-Vaxxers
Somewhere in Orange County, Mary Poppins may be running a fever. The same could be true for her coworkers—an unsuspecting Ariel, say; a suddenly swoony Goofy or Pluto or any of the other 23,000 people (OK, or characters) who punch in for work at Disneyland every day. And the same could be true too for any one of the estimated 16 million people who will pour into the theme park this year. The reason? Measles. The cause? This may not come entirely as a surprise: the anti-vaccine crowd. Just when you think they’ve been run to ground, shamed into silence, and just when you can watch a whole evening of Jenny McCarth...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - January 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized anti-vaxxers Conspiracy Theories Disneyland health measles mumps vaccines whooping cough Source Type: news

Disneyland Measles Outbreak Highlights The Importance Of Vaccines
Viruses flourish in high-density areas and vacation spots where large numbers of visitors coming together, bringing their unique colonies of pathogens. So it shouldn't be particularly surprising that an outbreak of measles has been tracked back to December visits to Disneyland in Orange County, Calif. A total of 17 confirmed cases of measles originated with visits to the theme park, confirmed the California Department of Public Health. Measles is highly contagious. The virus lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person and can be airborne, which means the virus can be coughed or sneezed into the air and lan...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 10, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Disneyland Measles Outbreak Highlights The Importance Of Vaccines
Viruses flourish in high-density areas and vacation spots where large numbers of visitors coming together, bringing their unique colonies of pathogens. So it shouldn't be particularly surprising that an outbreak of measles has been tracked back to December visits to Disneyland in Orange County, Calif. A total of 17 confirmed cases of measles originated with visits to the theme park, confirmed the California Department of Public Health. Measles is highly contagious. The virus lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person and can be airborne, which means the virus can be coughed or sneezed into the air and lan...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What The NHL Mumps Outbreak Teaches Us About Immunity
The unprecedented outbreak of mumps -- a contagious and occasionally dangerous virus -- in a professional sports league, the NHL, has led to player quarantines, cancelled events and, most recently, movement among NBA clubs that often share facilities to distance themselves from arenas and practice facilities also used by hockey players. The NFL, though its players don't have contact with hockey teams, has taken note as well, according to an ESPN report -- they know it could happen in their league, too. Although the first mumps alert in the NHL -- from the Anaheim Ducks -- happened in mid-September, and the first official ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 24, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

NHL Mumps Outbreak: What's Up With The Vaccine?
The number of NHL hockey players diagnosed with the mumps may rise to 14 soon, depending on the test results that come back for Pittsburgh Penguins forward Beau Bennett. Though his symptoms could be the flu or another illness, a positive mumps result would make him the second Penguin to (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - December 17, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tara Haelle Source Type: news

For Once the Anti-Vaxxers Aren’t (Entirely) to Blame
Anti-vaxxers are epidemiology’s repeat offenders—the first and sometimes only suspects you need to call in for questioning whenever there’s an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease. So on those occasions when their prints aren’t all over the crime scene, it’s worth giving them a nod. That’s the case—sort of, kind of—when it comes to the current whooping cough (or pertussis) epidemic that’s burning its way through California, with nearly 10,000 cases since the first of the year, making it the worst outbreak of the disease since the 1940s. So far, one infant has died....
Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories - December 15, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized Donald Trump epidemiology health Jenny McCarthy mumps pertussis Rob Schneider rumor-mongering vaccines whooping cough Source Type: news

Mumps Hits National Hockey League
If you're old enough, you remember kids sent home from school, cheeks swollen like chipmunks. Mumps is a very contagious disease, and one that most people younger than me have never seen. This is a good thing, since mumps in children can sometimes lead to deafness. In adults, it can swell the testicles, breasts, and the brain. Painfully. Thankfully, mumps was nearly eradicated dropping to just 248 cases in 2004. And then Wakefield happened. Certainly Andrew Wakefield, cannot be held solely responsible for the rise in cases of measles and mumps in the US and UK, but in my opinion he certainly bears some responsibility. In 1...
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - December 10, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Peter Lipson Source Type: news

Measles, Mumps and Rubella Virus Vaccine, Live
(Source: What's New at CBER)
Source: What's New at CBER - December 9, 2014 Category: Biomedical Science Source Type: news

Vaccines don't work: Malignant mumps in MMR vaccinated children
(NaturalNews) (Story by Sayer Ji, republished from from GreenMedInfo.com with additional editing by Natural News.)A new study finds highly malignant mumps infections in those successfully vaccinated against the virus...A provocative new study titled, "Epidemic of complicated... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 1, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Young people urged to get mumps vaccine as cases double
Young adults most affected as upsurge coincides with beginning of academic term (Source: The Irish Times - Health)
Source: The Irish Times - Health - November 29, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Number of mumps cases more than doubles in a year
Young adults most affected as HPSC urges people to get vaccinated against disease (Source: The Irish Times - Health)
Source: The Irish Times - Health - November 5, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why You Believe In Ghosts, Even Though You Know Better
(Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 30, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why You Believe In Ghosts, Even Though You Know Better
When Halloween rolls around, talk of witches, haunted houses and black cats is all in good fun -- right? Maybe not. For a surprising number of Americans, these scary symbols represent something real. A 2010 Gallup poll found that 20 percent of Americans believe in witches and 37 percent believe that houses can be haunted. Overall, three in four Americans have at least one paranormal belief, according to the Gallup data. But even if we don't harbor beliefs in the supernatural, many of us engage in superstitious thought or behavior without even thinking about it. When was the last time you knocked on wood, blamed an unluc...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 30, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Drop In Vaccinations Linked To Spikes In Preventable Diseases Around The World
(Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 27, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Very Good and Very Bad News in the Vaccine Wars
It’s just as well that no one knows the names of the 17,253 sets of parents in California who have opted not to have their children vaccinated, citing “philosophic” reasons for declining the shots. The same is true of the anonymous 3,097 in Colorado who have made the same choice—giving their far smaller state the dubious distinction of being dead last among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in the simple business of protecting their children against disease. On the other hand, kudos to you, Mississippi, for finishing number one—with an overall kindergartener vaccination rate in the pa...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - October 17, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized diptheria ebola epidemiology measles MMWR mumps rubella tetanus vaccines West Africa Source Type: news

Bad Vaccine Kills Dozens of Children Inside Syria
Volunteer medical organizations said the vaccine afflicted dozens of children in insurgent-held areas of Idlib Province. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - September 17, 2014 Category: American Health Authors: By RICK GLADSTONE and HWAIDA SAAD Tags: Poliomyelitis Measles Syria Mumps German Measles (Rubella) Source Type: news

Bad Vaccine Kills Dozens of Children Inside Syria
Volunteer medical organizations said the vaccine afflicted dozens of children in insurgent-held areas of Idlib Province. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 17, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By RICK GLADSTONE and HWAIDA SAAD Tags: Poliomyelitis Measles Syria Mumps German Measles (Rubella) Source Type: news

Proquad (Measles Mumps Rubella Varicella Vaccine Live) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - September 12, 2014 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

M-M-R II (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Virus Vaccine Live) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - September 11, 2014 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

ANH-Intl News Alerts: Week 37, 2014
Smart meters, falsified MMR efficacy, GM cancer deaths, TTIP, GM legislation concerns, GM labelling, kids flu vaccine, growth of GM-free products (Source: Alliance for Natural Health)
Source: Alliance for Natural Health - September 10, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Sophie Tags: Argentina cancer Coca Cola dupont europe FDA flu vaccine Food and Drug Administration GM GM labelling GMA Grocery Manufacturers Association international legislation loophole measles MEP MMR monsanto mumps Natural M Source Type: news

Merck Virologists Claim Merck Lied About Mumps Vax Efficacy, Trial Moves Forward
As reported by Law360, two lawsuits accusing Merck & Co. Inc. of lying about the efficacy of its mumps vaccine in order to quell competition will move forward in the courts. (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)
Source: PharmaManufacturing.com - September 9, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

What is Gianotti-Crosti Syndrome?
Discussion Infectious exanthams are usually considered when rashes are bilateral, symmetric and relatively widespread. They usually involve the trunk too and have associated systemic symptoms. Gianotti-Crosti syndrome (GCS) or acropapular dermatitis of childhood is often misdiagnosed because it doesn’t follow these rules. A discussion of common viral exanthams can be reviewed here and a differential diagnosis of rashes by pattern and distributions can be reviewed here. Dr. Ferdinando Gianotti came from a poor family, underwent several personal tragedies, but entered medicine and created the first department of pedia...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 8, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

U.S. infant vaccination rates high, timeliness a concern: CDC
ATLANTA (Reuters) - U.S. infant vaccination rates for diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella increased or remained stable at high levels in 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 28, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

The CDC, the mainstream media and the vaccine scandal that you’re not hearing about
Media blackout greets evidence that CDC hid greater autism risk in male African–American kids (Source: Alliance for Natural Health)
Source: Alliance for Natural Health - August 27, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Sophie Tags: African–American Andrew Wakefield autism Brian Hooker CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deStefano et al Dr Julie Gerberding Dr William Thompson europe international measles MMR mumps Rob Schneider rubella vac Source Type: news

CDC whistleblower exposes massive autism cover-up perpetrated by government agency
(NaturalNews) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been engaged in a massive campaign of deception concerning the alleged safety of the combination measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, also known as MMR. A top-level scientist from the agency, who recently came... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 25, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccine Discussions: It's All in How You Frame the BenefitsVaccine Discussions: It's All in How You Frame the Benefits
Parents were more likely to vaccinate their infants against measles, mumps, and rubella when told how their child would personally benefit than if they hear about immunization's benefit to society. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

IU study: Parents' vaccine intentions influenced by how benefits are communicated
(Indiana University) In a study designed to formally look at the content of parent-targeted communications about the benefits of vaccination for measles, mumps and rubella, Indiana University School of Medicine investigators report that the framing of these messages influences parents' intentions to immunize their children. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 18, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Vaccine website could increase uptake
(Monash University) Giving parents access to a dedicated website on the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is the most cost-effective way to increase uptake, say experts. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 28, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Online information most cost-effective means of increasing MMR uptake, research finds
(University of Leeds) Giving parents access to a website containing information about the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is the most cost-effective way of increasing its uptake, new University of Leeds research has found. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 27, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

RFK Jr. Joins the Anti-Vaccine Fringe
There are lots of places to go if you want dangerous crazytalk. There are websites, blog threads, cable channels trafficking in all kinds of addled nonsense about birther conspiracies and one-world governments. And then there was Robert Kennedy, Jr., the tireless, honest climate hero long famous for fighting the very good fight. MoreSpacing Out Kids’ Vaccines Can Hurt Their Health, Experts SayChildhood Vaccines Are Safe, Says Pediatrics GroupOverruled: Russia Caves to World on Jet Crash Investigation NBC NewsAppeals Judge Says Guillotine 'Probably Best' for Executions NBC NewsNetanyahu on Gaza: 'Man's Gotta Do What a...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - July 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized Andrew Wakefield ethylmercury Jenny McCarthy jr. methylmercury Robert F. Kennedy Thimerosal vaccines Source Type: news

Childhood Vaccines Vindicated Once More
No link to autism found in large review of previous research on measles, mumps, rubella vaccine (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - July 1, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Childhood Vaccines Vindicated Once More
No link to autism found in large review of previous research on measles, mumps, rubella vaccine Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Childhood Immunization (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - July 1, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Childhood Vaccines Vindicated Once More
No link to autism found in large review of previous research on measles, mumps, rubella vaccine (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - July 1, 2014 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Infections, Oncology, Pediatrics, News, Source Type: news

Childhood Vaccines Vindicated Once More
No link to autism found in large review of previous research on measles, mumps, rubella vaccine (Source: Cancercompass News: Other Cancer)
Source: Cancercompass News: Other Cancer - July 1, 2014 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

What Causes Neck Stiffness?
Discussion The complaint of neck stiffness always makes the clinician a little concerned until he/she understands the whole history because of the potential diagnosis of meningitis/encephalitis. While this potential is always concerning, there are many other causes of neck stiffness or pain to consider that are much more common. Normal wear and tear, injury or overuse that occur in daily activities and work can cause neck stiffness or pain. Often, even in adults, the cause of the pain is not recognized. Good examples are the adolescent above, or an innocent stumble, particularly if carrying something that may cause a perso...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - June 30, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

MMR jab unlikely to harm young babies
A young couple's baby was given the MMR jab by mistake "potentially putting her life at risk", The Daily Telegraph website reports misleadingly. Giving a baby the wrong vaccine is a serious mistake; fortunately, the error was quickly noticed and the baby appears not to have been seriously harmed. Unfortunately, the Telegraph has taken a sensationalist approach by quoting the most extreme possible reaction – anaphylaxis – without stating that this is extremely rare and treatable. The Telegraph's coverage says, “Newborns under six months must not be given the vaccine ...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 20, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: QA articles Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

Two month old baby 'given MMR jab'
Chloe Cser, aged just two months, was given the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine - usually only given to children after their first birthday (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - June 19, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Combined MMRV vaccine shows slight rise in adverse events
(Canadian Medical Association Journal) The combined measles-mumps-rubella-varicella (MMRV) vaccine shows a slightly increased risk of febrile seizures in children, compared with the previously separate vaccines for MMR and varicella (chickenpox) (MMR+V), according to an article in CMAJ. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 9, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The New Measles Outbreak: Blame the Anti-Vaxxers
You have to be spoiled to play cute with disease—spoiled or, well, stupid. And today’s announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that measles cases in the U.S. have hit record highs in the first five months of this year is a maddening example of both. I learned of the report in an especially striking way. MoreHow I Learned to Stop Fretting and Just Raise the KidsWhy the Maker Movement Is Important to America’s FutureNSA Officials: Snowden Emailed With Question, Not Concern NBC NewsMen Charged With Toppling Ancient Rock Formation Avoid Jail Time Huffington PostComet Outlives Predicti...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - May 29, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized anti-vaxxers CDC measles Opinion polio Rotary vaccines Source Type: news

Vaccines not linked with autism, study finds
Conclusion This systematic review and meta-analysis has found no association between vaccination and the development of autism or autism spectrum disorder. The cohort studies included in the systematic review had information on more than a million children from four different countries.  This was a valuable and rigorous piece of research that will hopefully reassure parents who have any concerns about getting their children vaccinated against childhood diseases. As with all studies, this research has limitations. It excluded data from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) in the United Sta...
Source: NHS News Feed - May 20, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medication Neurology Pregnancy/child Mental health Source Type: news

Delaying MMR Vaccine in 2nd Year Linked to Higher Seizure Risk (FREE)
By Kelly Young Receiving the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine later than the recommended age of 12 to 15 months increases seizure risks, a self-controlled case series analysis in Pediatrics concludes.Researchers searched a vaccine safety database to identify 5700 … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - May 20, 2014 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

NO link between autism and childhood vaccines, new survey has found
No statistical data to support a link between vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough and the development of autism or autism spectrum disorders, according to research by University of Sydney. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 19, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news