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

Pediatricians Pressured To Drop Parents Who Won't Vaccinate
The pressure, doctors say, is mostly coming from other parents who don't want their infants exposed to measles, whooping cough or other serious illnesses in the pediatric waiting room.» E-Mail This (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 4, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Patti Neighmond Source Type: news

Measles Is Just The Start: Whooping Cough Outbreaks -- And Deaths -- Are Rising, Too
California's battling the worst epidemic in 70 years. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 4, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Dan Diamond Source Type: news

Chris Christie’s Terrible Vaccine Advice
Last I checked, Chris Christie isn’t a licensed commercial pilot, which is one reason he probably doesn’t phone the cockpit with instructions when his flight encounters turbulence. Chances are, he doesn’t tell his plow operators how to clear a road when New Jersey gets hit by a snow storm either. But when it comes to medicine, the current Governor, former prosecutor and never doctor evidently feels pretty free to dispense advice. And doncha’ know it? That advice turns out to be terrible. Asked about the ongoing 14-state outbreak of measles that has been linked to falling vaccination rates, Christie&...
Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories - February 2, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized antivaxxers Christie Health Care Jenny McCarthy measles vaccines Source Type: news

Ghana: Ghana Failed to Immunize 220kK Children in 2014
[Ghanaian Chronicle]Two hundred and twenty thousand children were not immunized last year against the six killer diseases - polio, diphtheria, tuberculosis, pertussis (whooping cough), measles and tetanus, according to Dr. Joan Awanyo-Akaba, the Civil Society rep on the board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 29, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Pertussis Booster Vaccines May Not Fight Disease Resurgence Pertussis Booster Vaccines May Not Fight Disease Resurgence
If the pertussis vaccine is 'leaky,' then a pertussis booster schedule will not have an effect on the resurgence of whooping cough. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Know your enemy: Combating whooping cough requires informed vaccine booster schedules
(University of Michigan) A key to victory in battle, according to Chinese general and military strategist Sun Tzu, is to know your enemy. In the current fight against whooping cough resurgence, perhaps the biggest obstacle is an incomplete understanding of its underlying causes, according to a University of Michigan population ecologist. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 19, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Flu Season and Healthy Living in 2015: Mayo Clinic Radio
In this Mayo Clinic Radio episode we'll get an update on flu season, mumps and whooping cough with Pritish Tosh, M.D.  We'll also discuss better choices for healthy living in 2015 with the head of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, Donald Hensrud, M.D., and executive chef Jen Welper. Please join us. Here's the podcast: Mayo Clinic Radio [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - January 19, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries 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

Mayo Clinic Radio: Flu Season/Healthy Living in 2015
Miss the program?  Here's the podcast:  Mayo Clinic Radio January 17 2015 Make plans to listen to the next Mayo Clinic Radio on Saturday, January 17, at 9 a.m. CT.  We'll get an update on flu season, mumps and whooping cough with Pritish Tosh, M.D.  We'll also discuss better choices for healthy living in 2015 with [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - January 14, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries 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 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized anti-vaxxers Conspiracy Theories Disneyland health measles mumps vaccines whooping cough Source Type: news

Whooping cough explodes in California as researchers admit vaccines are failing
(NaturalNews) The worst whooping cough epidemic in seven decades has hit California this year, with nearly 10,000 cases having been reported by the end of NovemberExperts are warning that the vaccine currently being used to prevent the disease is partly to blame for the outbreak... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Finally, the truth emerges about whooping cough vaccine: OBs and pediatricians, stand back with your needles
(NaturalNews) (Story by Dr. Kelly Brogan, M.D. , republished from GreenMedInfo.com) Just this week, the New York Times published an article stating that the problem of surging whooping cough cases has more to do with flaws in the current vaccines than with parents' resistance. Could... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 29, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Whooping cough virus 'evolving fast'
Whooping cough may be evolving to outsmart the currently used vaccine, say researchers. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 27, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Whooping cough 'evolving fast'
Whooping cough may be evolving to outsmart the currently used vaccine, say researchers. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 27, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mission launched to cover kids against preventable diseases
The diseases are diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, measles and hepatitis B, an official statement here said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - December 25, 2014 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

C-diff cluster claims third life
Fourteen cases of infection have been identified at Edinburgh hospitalRelated items from OnMedicaOnly one in ten trusts pass full hygiene testsC. difficile case numbers fall sharplyParents of new babies should have whooping cough boosterMRSA linked to referrals between hospitalsMore action needed to treat TB (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 23, 2014 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

‘Kids’ Diseases’ Now Hitting Adults
Doctors explain reasons behind surge in cases of chicken pox, mumps, whooping cough and the like (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - December 18, 2014 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Infections, Pediatrics, Pulmonology, News, Source Type: news

Why more adults are getting "kids' diseases"
Chickenpox, mumps and whooping cough seem to keep striking where they're least expected (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 17, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Whooping cough in California hits 70-year high
Danielle HaynesSACRAMENTO, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- With nearly 10,000 cases of whooping cough reported in California in 2014, health officials said the epidemic has reach proportions not seen since the 1940s. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - December 16, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Kids' Diseases' Now Hitting Adults
Doctors explain reasons behind surge in cases of chicken pox, mumps, whooping cough and the like (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 16, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News 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

California Battles Worst Whooping Cough Epidemic In Seven Decades
SAN DIEGO (AP) — California officials are battling the worst whooping cough epidemic to hit the state in seven decades as a recent rebound in cases raises questions about the effectiveness of the pertussis vaccine. Doctors emphasize that the inoculation has led to fewer deaths than in the past and in instances where people do get sick, their illnesses aren't as severe. But California officials say the limited protection of the vaccine introduced in the 1990s has led to the rise in cases. Research has shown it doesn't last as long as the one it replaced, and a new study suggests the vaccine may not prevent the spread...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 12, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Calif. whooping cough epidemic is worst in decades
Nearly 10,000 people, most of them children, have been sickened in this year's outbreak (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 12, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ANH-Intl News Alerts: Week 50, 2014
Herbicide linked to autism, obesity linked to shorter life, and whooping cough vaccine ineffective (Source: Alliance for Natural Health)
Source: Alliance for Natural Health - December 10, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Sophie Tags: ASD autism CDC europe Frontiers of Behavioral Neuroscience GLA herbicide international Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report National Nutrition and Examination Survey obesity Tdap the Lancet vaccine whooping cough Source Type: news

Whooping cough outbreak at Massachusetts high school affected only vaccinated students
(NaturalNews) Unvaccinated children are supposedly the cause, according to state health officials, of a recent whooping cough outbreak that occurred in the posh Cape Cod area of Massachusetts. But as reported by CBS Boston, all of the children affected by the outbreak were already... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 9, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Whooping Cough Back With a Vengeance in California
What California's worst whooping cough outbreak in 70 years means for the U.S. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 9, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

California Infants Hit Hard by Whooping Cough Epidemic: Report
Title: California Infants Hit Hard by Whooping Cough Epidemic: ReportCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/4/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/5/2014 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General - December 5, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

California Infants Hit Hard by Whooping Cough Epidemic: Report
Health care providers urged to recommend vaccine to pregnant women, to protect their babies (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - December 5, 2014 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Gynecology, Obstetrics, Infections, Pediatrics, Pulmonology, News, Source Type: news

California Infants Hit Hard by Whooping Cough Epidemic
Health care providers urged to recommend vaccine to pregnant women, to protect their babies Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Immunization, Infections and Pregnancy, Whooping Cough (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - December 4, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

From strep throat to RSV: Winter health cheat sheet
According to this study published in Pediatrics, vapor rub can be effective in decreasing nighttime cough. Please note that some children may experience skin irritation. Vapor rub is not recommended for children under the age of 2. Keep the nasal passages as clear of excess mucous as you can. Elevate the head when sleeping to help support comfortable breathing. Keep a close eye on your child’s breathing. Notify your pediatric health care providers of any changes in your child’s condition. You should notify your pediatrician or call 911 immediately if your child displays signs of respiratory distress such as: ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - December 4, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Meaghan O'Keeffe Tags: All posts Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic News Network — Headlines 12/03/14
http://youtu.be/Ixu1MsiZ46A Mayo Clinic News Network Headlines include: Whooping cough Proton pump inhibitors Cinnamon and cholesterol Journalists: The video is in the downloads. Click here for script.     (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - December 3, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Safety of Flu and Pertussis Vaccines in Pregnancy Assessed
The safety of the two vaccines routinely recommended for pregnant women were reported in two separate studies recently, providing additional reassurance that the shots designed to protect against the flu and whooping cough also pose little risk to a woman or her fetus. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 25, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tara Haelle Source Type: news

Signs and Symptoms of Pertussis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3oZrMGDMMw ZUMBROTA, Minn. — Symptoms of an ordinary common cold are hard not to miss. But could it be worse? Mayo Clinic Health System has diagnosed several confirmed cases of pertussis, also commonly known as whooping cough. Family medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Wing in Zumbrota, Elizabeth Cozine, M.D. has seen patients [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - November 20, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

George Turner obituary
My father, George Turner, who has died aged 91, was a distinguished medical scientist and served for two decades as director of the Public Health Laboratory in Liverpool.His work over the years focused on developing tests to enable accurate diagnosis and suitable treatment. His doctorate dealt with whooping cough; his breakthroughs included salmonella, hepatitis, HIV and various versions of Clostridium intestinal infection. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 18, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Elizabeth Gifford Tags: Microbiology Medical research Food science Source Type: news

15 Falmouth High Students Diagnosed With Whooping Cough
BOSTON (CBS) – A number of children on Cape Cod have been diagnosed with whooping cough. It’s a serious illness that can be prevented with a vaccine. These new cases are all being reported in Falmouth. Just this past week, the I-Team reported on the high number of kids on the Cape who are not getting vaccinated. Related: Vaccine Rates Plummeting In Mass. Massachusetts is one of just 18 states that allow a parent to exempt their children from vaccines on philosophical grounds. Data examined by the I-Team showed the number of exemptions has quadrupled over the past 25 years. Public health officials tell WBZ that...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 15, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health i-Team Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Lauren Leamanczyk Outbreak pertussis Vaccines Whooping Cough Source Type: news

Whooping Cough Vaccine Seems Safe in Pregnancy, Study Finds
Shot helps protect newborns against potentially deadly bacteria, experts say (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 11, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Whooping Cough Vaccine Seems Safe in Pregnancy, Study Finds
Shot helps protect newborns against potentially deadly bacteria, experts say (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - November 11, 2014 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Infections, Pediatrics, Pulmonology, Obstetrics, Preventive Medicine, News, Source Type: news

Whooping Cough Vaccine Seems Safe in Pregnancy
Shot helps protect newborns against potentially deadly bacteria, experts say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Immunization, Infections and Pregnancy, Whooping Cough (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - November 11, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Tip: Protect Baby from Whooping Cough
(Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - November 11, 2014 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Pediatrics, Pulmonology, FYI, Source Type: news

Why Whooping Cough Has Made a Comeback
(Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - November 11, 2014 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Infections, Pediatrics, Pulmonology, News, Source Type: news

Health Tip: Understanding Whooping Cough
(Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - November 11, 2014 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Pulmonology, FYI, Source Type: news