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Disturbing News: Only Two US States Require HPV Vaccination for Kids

The CDC first recommended the widespread use of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in 2007. Eight years later, only Virginia and Rhode Island have mandated that middle and secondary school students get it. Compared to the way other vaccines have been incorporated into state public health efforts, this is… »7/15/15 5:49pm7/15/15 5:49pm

California Passes Bill Banning Personal Exemptions for Vaccination

California vaccination bill SB277 has passed in the State Assembly on a 46 to 30 vote. The bill, inspired in part by the measles outbreak that began last December in Disneyland, mandates ALL schoolchildren be vaccinated, regardless of their parents’ personal or religious beliefs, but still permits medical exemptions. »6/25/15 6:25pm6/25/15 6:25pm

'Nothing Short of Attempted Murder': A Brief History of Anti-Vaxxers

There are virtually no photographs of twenty-first century American children covered with measles. The disease, as well as the sight of it, is something we have banished to the past: the stuff of medical archives and undeveloped foreign countries. Consequently, the photos and stock images that illustrate the news… »2/10/15 1:40pm2/10/15 1:40pm

Read Roald Dahl's Powerful Pro-Vaccination Letter (From 1988)

Roald Dahl – author of such books as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda – lost his eldest daughter, Olivia, to measles in 1962. Twenty-six years later, he penned a cogent and gut-wrenching plea to parents, urging them have their children vaccinated against the disease. »2/01/15 4:47pm2/01/15 4:47pm

Inside the Push to Wipe Out Polio From the Furthest Corners of Earth

In North America and Europe, we don't worry much about polio. Vaccination has eradicated this terrible, paralyzing disease in the first world. But far away, the poliomyelitis virus still thrives. Wired accompanied the teams that hope to wipe out polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The story is compelling. »11/22/13 10:49am11/22/13 10:49am

Tiny Pin-Cushions Made of Sugar Are The Sweetest, Cheapest Way To Get Vaccinated

Even if it means protection from dangerous, even fatal diseases, having a needle jabbed into your skin and liquid sickness squirted into your flesh is no fun for anyone. There are other needleless injection solutions out there, but a new microneedle array made completely out of dried sugar promises to make… »2/08/13 12:40pm2/08/13 12:40pm