Why Science Is Winning the Vaccine Wars
You can’t poll a scientific fact. The speed of light is the speed of light (186,282.4 miles per second) whether 90% of people believe it, 25% believe it or 100% have no opinion. The same is true for the heaviest element, the size of the Earth and the number of cells that make up the average human body (37.2 trillion, in case you’re counting). And the same is true, too, for the safety and efficacy of vaccines: They’re extraordinarily effective and extraordinarily safe, no matter what the folks in the anti-vaccine fringe have been saying. But in this case, popular opinion makes a difference—potentiall...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - July 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized Columbus Ohio Disneyland epidemics health Jenny McCarthy Jim Carrey measles mumps Poll vaccines Source Type: news

Poll: Childhood disease outbreaks raise support for vaccines
Survey of parents finds that cases of measles and whooping cough have generated a more positive stance toward vaccinations (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - July 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Safer, with more benefits: Parents' vaccine views shifting
(University of Michigan Health System) Over the same time period that multiple outbreaks of measles and whooping cough made headlines around the country, parents' views on vaccines became more favorable. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 6, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Summer Terrors: Brain Eating Amoebae!
Of all the scary summertime bogeymen, amoeba might win any contest. After all, what could top “Brain-eating.” It’s much catchier than “Powassan” virus. And much sexier sounding than measles, or whooping cough, two infections you should worry about. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 3, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Judy Stone Source Type: news

Jerry Brown Must Sign the California Vaccine Bill
California does not often make common cause with Mississippi and West Virginia. America’s blue-red divide doesn’t come any wider than it does between the liberal laboratory of the Pacific West and the conservative cornerstones of the old south. But with a single signature on a single bill, California Gov. Jerry Brown could ensure that the largest state in the nation joins the two far smaller ones in what ought to be a simple, primal mission: keeping children healthy. The pending bill, which passed the California legislature with bipartisan majorities and now rests on Brown’s desk, is known simply as SB277...
Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories - June 30, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized anti-vaxxers California Disease Disneyland Gov. Jerry Brown health vaccines viruses Source Type: news

Why Jerry Brown Was Right to Sign the California Vaccine Bill
Updated: June 30, 2015, 2:32 PM EDT California does not often make common cause with Mississippi and West Virginia. America’s blue-red divide doesn’t come any wider than it does between the liberal laboratory of the Pacific West and the conservative cornerstones of the old south. But with a single signature on a single bill, California Gov. Jerry Brown ensured that the largest state in the nation joined the two far smaller ones in what ought to be a simple, primal mission: keeping children healthy. The law, which passed the California legislature with bipartisan majorities, does a straightforward job—remo...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - June 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized anti-vaxxers California Disease Disneyland Gov. Jerry Brown health vaccines viruses Source Type: news

Well: Symptom-Free Carriers May Be Spreading Whooping Cough
A new study traces a rapid increase in the illness also known as pertussis to asymptomatic transmission, driven by a change in vaccines. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - June 29, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Whooping Cough Body medicine and health Featured Source Type: news

Well: Symptom-Free Carriers May Be Spreading Whooping Cough
A new study traces a rapid increase in the illness also known as pertussis to asymptomatic transmission, driven by a change in vaccines. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Whooping Cough Body medicine and health Featured Source Type: news

Well: Symptom-Free Carriers May Be Spreading Whooping Cough
A new study traces a rapid increase in the illness also known as pertussis to asymptomatic transmission, driven by a change in vaccines. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - June 29, 2015 Category: Nutrition Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Whooping Cough Body medicine and health Featured Source Type: news

Whooping cough resurgence may be due to vaccinated people
Stephen FellerSANTA FE, N.M., June 24 (UPI) -- The whooping cough vaccine may be allowing people to transmit the disease without showing any symptoms, which researchers say is contributing to its comeback in the last few years. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 24, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Whooping cough resurgence due to vaccinated people not knowing they're infectious?
The dramatic resurgence of whooping cough is due, in large part, to vaccinated people who are infectious but who do not display the symptoms, suggests a new study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 24, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Study: Whooping cough resurgence due to vaccinated people not knowing they're infectious?
(Santa Fe Institute) The dramatic resurgence of whooping cough is due, in large part, to vaccinated people who are infectious but who do not display the symptoms, suggests a new study by two Santa Fe Institute researchers in BMC Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 24, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Whooping cough: New findings on pertussis pathogen
The worldwide spreading of the whooping cough, also known as pertussis, has substantially increased since 2010. Researchers have investigated structure and function of an important membrane protein of the bacterium causing pertussis. They discovered that the protein structure differs from a previously postulated model. Their findings may provide a basis for new treatment approaches for the infection. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 23, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

The pertussis pathogen -- New findings
(University of Basel) The worldwide spreading of the whooping cough, also known as pertussis, has substantially increased since 2010. Researchers from the Biozentrum, University of Basel, have investigated structure and function of an important membrane protein of the bacterium causing pertussis. They discovered that the protein structure differs from a previously postulated model. Their findings, published in 'Nature Communications', provide a basis for new treatment approaches for the infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 23, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Dad’s Vaccination Helps Protect Baby From Whooping Cough
As we honor dads this Father’s Day, the physicians of Texas Medical Association (TMA) urge dads- and grandfathers-to-be to get vaccinated, before baby arrives. (Source: News_Room)
Source: News_Room - June 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Whooping cough outbreak occurred among student population that was 99.5 percent vaccinated
(NaturalNews) As corrupt California lawmakers push to implement Senate Bill 277, which would bar parents from opting their children out of vaccines for personal reasons, a whooping cough outbreak has reportedly occurred at a public school in the coastal town of Salinas, where 99.5... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is It Ethical to Leave Uncontacted Tribes Alone?
It’s not entirely fair to say that a single hug killed 4,500 people, but it’s not entirely wrong either. The hug happened in August of 1910, when an effort by a Brazilian military engineer to lure members of the isolated Nambikwara tribe out of the Amazon bush at last produced results. The engineer had spent the previous 14 months stocking a so-called attraction front—a small outpost that included a fruit and vegetable garden and tools that the Nambikwara were welcome to take. Finally, the chief of the tribe and six companions showed themselves. The man from the outside world embraced the man from the for...
Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories - June 5, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized Amazon anthropology brazil indigenous people Peru uncontacted tribes Source Type: news

Whooping cough cases rise in U.S thanks to failed vaccine science
(NaturalNews) The reason that cases of whooping cough have been on the rise in the United States is due not to fewer people vaccinating their children but to a decreased effectiveness of the vaccine itself, according to a study conducted by researchers from Monash University in Melbourne... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

To prevent whooping cough in newborns, vaccinate pregnant moms
(Reuters Health) - Vaccinating pregnant women against whooping cough is the best way to protect their newborns from respiratory infections that can prove fatal, according to new recommendations from the Global Pertussis Initiative (GPI). (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Video Shows How 'Immunization Gap' Leaves Many Children At Risk. Here's How You Can Help
It's a sentence no mother wants to hear when her child's health is at stake: "Sorry, we've run out of vaccines." But it's a bleak reality many families in the developing world face. In the video above produced by UNICEF, the humanitarian group points out that roughly one out of every five children around the world lacks access to vaccinations. This "immunization gap" is evident in the fictional narrative played out in the video, which follows two South African mothers with their young ones. One of the babies -- whose mother lives in a nice neighborhood, has enough money to drive her own vehicle an...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 12, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Babies at risk from whooping cough
Doctors say whooping cough is reemerging in developed countries, putting babies and young children at risk. Also, concussions in kids can lead to problems concentrating and doing homework Eboni Williams reports on the day's top health news. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pertussis Vaccine Remains Best Way To Prevent Whooping Cough, Especially For Babies
The best way to prevent a baby from dying from whooping cough is to ensure the baby has been vaccinated. Getting the vaccine won't guarantee that a baby who catches the disease won't die, but it drops the risk by 72%, found a study published in Pediatricslast week. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - May 11, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tara Haelle Source Type: news

Mom’s Gift of Vaccination Protects Baby From Whooping Cough
Moms do all they can to keep their babies safe and healthy. As we celebrate Mother’s Day, the physicians of Texas Medical Association (TMA) urge pregnant moms and moms-to-be to get vaccinated against whooping cough, or pertussis. (Source: News_Room)
Source: News_Room - May 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Teenagers and Whooping Cough
Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Immunization, Teen Health, Whooping Cough (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - May 5, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Whooping Cough Epidemic Hit Vaccinated Kids Hard (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Researchers found Tdap vaccine effectiveness fell off after 2 to 4 years. (Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics - May 4, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Preteen Whooping Cough Vaccine Loses Strength Over Time, CDC Finds
Results help explain recent surge in cases (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 4, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Preteen Whooping Cough Vaccine Loses Strength Over Time, CDC Finds
Results help explain recent surge in cases Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Immunization, Teen Health, Whooping Cough (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - May 4, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Preteen Whooping Cough Vaccine Loses Strength Over Time, CDC Finds
Results help explain recent surge in cases (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - May 4, 2015 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Infections, Pediatrics, Pulmonology, News, Source Type: news

Resurgence of Pertussis and Its Laboratory Diagnosis
Prevention of whooping cough by vaccination has been one of the outstanding successes in modern medical history. However, despite the great efforts made to improve vaccine safety and efficacy, as well as campaigns for immunization, there has been a worldwide resurgence of pertussis since the early 1990s. These outbreaks occur independently of the vaccine coverage rates or economic standards of the affected region. The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has documented statewide outbreaks, such as “Pertussis Outbreak—Vermont, 1996,” &ldq...
Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter - April 19, 2015 Category: Microbiology Authors: Xuan Qin Source Type: news

Anti-vax Mom Changes Her Tune As All 7 Of Her Children Come Down With Whooping Cough
In the ongoing skirmishes between public health officials and vaccine skeptics, I'm scoring this one for the pro-immunization forces. A Canadian woman who had declined to have her children immunized against pertussis, better known as whooping cough, has changed her position now that all seven of her children have come down with the disease. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 16, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mom Gives Up Anti-Vax Stance Just Before 7 Children Get Whooping Cough
Story from former anti-vaccine mom goes viral after all seven children contract whooping cough. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 16, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Vaccines law moves forward in California Senate
A California bill could soon require children to be vaccined if they attend school. Protesters of the bill demonstrated at the California State Capitol. The bill was prompted by the recent outbreaks of measles and whooping cough in the region. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Species Other than
Most clinicians and microbiologists are familiar with Bordetella pertussis, its associated clinical syndromes and treatment with antimicrobials, and both biochemical and molecular methods for identification. Many of the other Bordetella species are much less well known, though they do cause clinical disease in humans. Some, like Bordetella parapertussis and Bordetella holmesii, are common causes of respiratory disease (albeit mild) in individuals with no significant comorbidities; others, such as Bordetella trematum and Bordetella ansorpii, have been noted to cause disease only rarely, and always in immunocompromised hosts...
Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter - April 7, 2015 Category: Microbiology Authors: Jocelyn A. Srigley, David M. Goldfarb, Jeffrey M. Pernica Source Type: news

WHO urges mass vaccination against measles, other diseases in Ebola areas
LONDON (Reuters) - The World Health Organization warned on Friday of a risk of outbreaks of measles, whooping cough and other diseases in West African countries hit by Ebola and urged a rapid intensification of routine immunizations. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

All teens should be vaccinated against rare strain of meningitis
"A vaccination for meningitis is to be offered to all 14-18 year-olds in England and Wales, after a spike in a rare strain of the disease," The Guardian reports. The strain – meningitis W (MenW) – is described as rare, but life-threatening. There has been a year-on-year increase in the number of meningitis cases caused by MenW since 2009, and infection has been associated with particularly severe disease and high fatality rates in teenagers and young adults. The increasing trend looks set to continue unless action is taken, so the government’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation...
Source: NHS News Feed - March 16, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: QA articles Medication Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

What I Tell Parents Who Ask Me About Alternate Vaccine Schedules
It happens every once in a while in my practice: Parents ask if we can delay or skip certain vaccines, or spread them out. According to a study just published in the journal Pediatrics, I’m not alone — in fact, 93 percent of pediatricians get asked the same thing. Now, it’s important to point out that most families don’t ask for this. Most families are fine with the current vaccine schedule — as they should be, since it has been carefully studied and is felt to be safe. We give so many vaccines to babies because they are the ones who are most likely to get very sick from vaccine-preventable di...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - March 9, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Claire McCarthy Tags: Claire McCarthy, MD Vaccines Source Type: news

Vaccine strain of measles found in measles outbreaks: genetic testing reveals forensic evidence of outbreak source
(NaturalNews) If you're worried about your child contracting measles, whooping cough or one of the other scary-sounding infectious diseases being hyped up by the mainstream media right now, you might want to steer clear of recently vaccinated children rather than the unvaccinated... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Most Doctors Give In to Requests by Parents to Alter Vaccine Schedules
Physicians who reluctantly agreed said they did so to build trust with families and to avoid losing them as patients. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS Tags: Doctors Whooping Cough Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Measles Pediatrics (Journal) Vaccination and Immunization Children and Childhood Source Type: news

Anti-Vaccination Activists To Blame For Bosnia's Measles Outbreak, Say Experts
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Medical experts warned Friday the anti-vaccination lobby is growing in Bosnia, using scientifically discredited arguments to stoke parental fears in the worst-affected country in Europe's measles outbreak. This trend — combined with a generation that could not be immunized because of lack of vaccines during Bosnia's 1992-95 war — has led to 5,340 measles cases in Bosnia, according to the World Health Organization. "I am increasingly hearing from parents about their fears due to the stuff they read on the Internet," Dr. Gordana Banduka, a pediatrician from Pal...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wakefield is not a fraud - His study linking MMR vaccine to autism vindicated
(NaturalNews) Wakefield is a fraud! Wakefield is personally responsible for the resurgence of measles and whooping cough! Wakefield is to blame for the Disneyland measles outbreak!Read any pro-vaccine article that disputes the link between vaccinations and autism and chances are... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 25, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Facebook Must Shut Down the Anti-Vaxxers
Mark Zuckerberg has never been famous for his reading choices. No one knows or cares if the founder of Facebook got around to Moby Dick when he was at Harvard. But in January, Zuckerberg launched an online book club, offering reading recommendations to members every two weeks. Earlier suggestions included such important works as Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature and Sudhir Venkatesh’s Gang Leader for a Day. But Zuckerberg dropped something of a small bombshell with his most recent—and most excellent—choice, On Immunity by Eula Biss. It’s a thoughtful exploration of what’s b...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - February 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized anti-vaxxers Constitution First Amendment free speech health Mark Zuckerberg safety vaccines Source Type: news

A New Campaign to Protect Babies from Whooping Cough: Resources for National Infant Immunization Week and Beyond
March 4, 2015, 2:00 PM EST. This webinar will provide an overview of National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) and available planning resources, as well as introduce a new campaign, Born With Protection, aimed at protecting babies from pertussis or whooping cough. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - February 18, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Got Science? Vaccinating Ourselves Against Misinformation
It is dismaying that fears and misinformation about vaccines have led the scourge of measles to return in the United States some 15 years after it had been officially eradicated here. And it's especially discouraging to see some early 2016 presidential hopefuls such as Chris Christie and Rand Paul pander on the issue rather than taking a strong evidence-based stance because the facts could not be more clear: Vaccines are safe and they save lives. One of the tragic aspects of this story is that some of the 102 measles cases so far this year in the United States have struck children under a year old who are too young to rec...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 12, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Softer, less strident outreach may help calm U.S. vaccine skeptics
ASHLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - When Melissa Orion’s unvaccinated baby contracted whooping cough, she was grateful for modern medicine - its emergency rooms and even its antibiotics. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Enough with the eye rolling and blame game over the measles outbreak (Guest column)
The recent measles outbreak has brought an onslaught of media attention to the topic of vaccinations and preventing diseases nearly eradicated from this country. The last 15 years has seen a waxing and waning in vaccine confidence, followed by a drop in the coverage rates. Unfortunately, around the country, we have seen an increase in cases of measles, mumps, whooping cough and meningococcal meningitis. The resurgence of these deadly diseases has finally caught the attention of the general public. To… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines - February 9, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: Dr. Jay Rosenbloom Source Type: news

Shifting the Old Debate over Vaccines
Let me describe a public health scenario: An infectious disease is spreading widely throughout the community. A method of immunization is readily available and very effective, but public resistance to it is high, especially in urban areas and among wealthier and more educated social classes. Fears over the safety of the available technique run rampant, spearheaded by a very small but real risk that vaccination may cause serious harm, especially in children. Differing opinions about whether or not immunization should be compulsory or voluntary, or whether the rights of the few should trump the rights of the many, are at the...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 9, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

UC widens vaccination requirements for 2017
All UC students will have to be vaccinated against measles, meningitis, whooping cough and several other diseases or they will not be allowed to register for classes in fall 2017, university officials announced Friday. Those shots will be in addition to the current systemwide requirement for... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 7, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

UC plans to require vaccinations for incoming students starting in 2017
The University of California will require incoming students to be screened for tuberculosis and vaccinated for measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, meningococcus, tetanus and whooping cough under a plan set to take effect in 2017. Currently, the UC system only requires students to be vaccinated against hepatitis B, though several campuses have additional requirements. The plan — designed to help protect the health of students and campus communities — has been in the works for a year. But the need is more pressing than ever, given the current multistate measles outbreak and the re-emergence of other vaccine-pre...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - February 7, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

University Of California System To Require Measles Shots
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Students entering the University of California system in 2017 will have to be vaccinated against measles and other diseases under new immunization rules announced Friday. The change, which had been in the works before the latest measles outbreak, has taken on new urgency after infections that originated at Disneyland in December spread to communities in half a dozen states and Mexico. Most who fell ill were not vaccinated. UC currently requires students to be inoculated only against hepatitis B, although some individual campuses have stricter immunization rules. The new plan will require students ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Largest Measles Outbreak In Recent U.S. History Wasn't At Disneyland
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The largest U.S. measles outbreak in recent history isn't the one that started in December at Disneyland. It happened months earlier in Ohio's Amish country, where 383 people fell ill after unvaccinated Amish missionaries traveled to the Philippines and returned with the virus. The Ohio episode drew far less attention, even though the number of cases was almost four times that of the Southern California outbreak, because it seemed to pose little threat outside close-knit religious communities. The Disneyland outbreak has already spread well beyond the theme parks that attract tens of thousands of ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 5, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news