Ebola Vaccine Shows 100% Effectiveness In Latest Trial

There’s a new tool in the fight against Ebola in West Africa: rVSV-ZEBOV, a vaccine that has recently concluded a study phase, with researchers finding that it was incredibly effective against the deadly disease. While it’s still in trial stages, the drug appears to be a promising tool moving forward. »8/02/15 3:40pm8/02/15 3:40pm

Only 81% of Seattle Kindergartners Have Been Vaccinated for Polio

“That’s lower than the 2013 polio immunization rates for 1-year-olds in Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Algeria, El Salvador, Guyana, Sudan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Yemen, among other countries, according to data from the World Health Organization,” Seattle public radio station KUOW reports. This in the same state where a… »7/16/15 9:00pm7/16/15 9:00pm

You Did It, Jim Carrey: US Confirms First Measles Death In Over a Decade

Fans of Jim Carrey, his ex Jenny McCarthy, and any other anti-vaxxer out there will be pleased to learn that their efforts to keep children safe has paid off. While these fearless warriors were out there protesting California’s mandatory vaccination law, a woman quietly died of measles. But you know, it was probably… »7/03/15 1:21pm7/03/15 1:21pm

An American Has Died From Measles for the First Time Since 2003

A woman in Clallam County, Washington has died of measles. It is the first U.S. death since 2003 to be attributed to the highly infectious disease. State health officials say the woman’s case “illustrates the importance of immunizing as many people as possible to provide a high level of community protection against… »7/02/15 5:10pm7/02/15 5:10pm

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

The History of the Anti-Vaccine Movement Explains Our Terrifying Future

Vaccines are not part of some evil plot to poison our children. But there are plenty of terribly misguided people who believe they are! And their beliefs didn't just materialize out of nowhere. A new video from the New York Times explains how we got to this terrifying point in American history — a seemingly upside… »2/03/15 3:45pm2/03/15 3:45pm

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

Why Does The Flu Vaccine Suck This Year?

Did you get your flu shot? I didn't really want to (I hate needles) but as an infectious disease physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, it would be exceedingly poor form if I opted out. My job requires it, and I recommend the vaccine to just about every patient, every day. The shot doesn't actually hurt, and if… »12/05/14 3:43pm12/05/14 3:43pm

CDC Statistics Show What Happens When You Don't Vaccinate

The latest figures: Between January 1 and August 29 of this year, nearly 600 confirmed measles cases were reported to the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. The resurgence is the greatest the U.S. has seen since the disease was eliminated from the country in 2000. »9/06/14 12:39pm9/06/14 12:39pm