Samoa’s Measles Outbreak and Response

Samoa’s Measles Outbreak and Response

(updated to reflect new outbreak figures released by AFP on Nov. 25, 2019)—A total of 2,194 cases of measles have been reported in Samoa this year. The government has declared a state of emergency and closed all schools, including the nation’s only university. Samoan health authorities are developing plans to implement compulsory MMR (mumps, measles, […]

California Special Ed Spending Up 20 Percent to $13 Billion

California Special Ed Spending Up 20 Percent to $13 Billion

California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office  (LAO) has issued a report revealing that public spending on special education students in California has risen by more than 20 percent during the past 10 years, from $10.8 billion to $13 billion. One out of every eight students in California’s public school system now requires special education services, with the […]

Medical Errors Kill Five People Per Minute, 2.6 Million People Every Year

Medical Errors Kill Five People Per Minute, 2.6 Million People Every Year

A new report published by the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 2.6 million people die annually in low-and middle-income countries from medical errors, and that most of those deaths are related to misdiagnosis and administration of pharmaceutical products. According to the WHO, “Four out of every ten patients are harmed during primary and ambulatory […]

Millennials Are Sick and Getting Sicker, Increasing Health Care Costs

Millennials Are Sick and Getting Sicker, Increasing Health Care Costs

A recent report by Moody’s Analytics found that Americans born between 1981 and 1996—”Millennials”—are suffering from poorer physical and mental health than the previous generation known as “Gen-Xers,” born between the early-to-mid 1960s to the early 1980s.1 2 3 4 The 32-page report, titled “The Economic Consequences of Millennial Health” and prepared for Blue Cross […]

No, Bill Maher Did Not Say That Vaccines Cause Autism

No, Bill Maher Did Not Say That Vaccines Cause Autism

Opinion | In a recent article in Forbes magazine titled “Bill Maher Supports Vaccine-Autism Connection,” Nina Shapiro, MD attacked comedian Bill Maher, the host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” for his interview with Jay Gordon, MD on Nov. 1, 2019 regarding vaccines.1 There were other similar articles published in the HuffPost, the Daily Mail, The […]

CDC Urged to Be Truthful About Its Corporate Financial Ties

CDC Urged to Be Truthful About Its Corporate Financial Ties

Public interest nonprofit organizations U.S. Right to Know and Public Citizen have petitioned the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to stop issuing false disclaimers that it “does not accept commercial support” and has “no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products.”1 The CDC consistently publishes the following disclaimer throughout […]

Baby Girl in Cuba Dies Two Days After Getting MMR Vaccine

Baby Girl in Cuba Dies Two Days After Getting MMR Vaccine

A one-year-old girl died in Cuba on Oct. 9, 2019 two days after receiving an MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccination. Paloma Domínguez Caballero was administered the vaccine at a clinic near Havana on Oct. 7. Within two hours, the toddler began to have symptoms of severe adverse reactions.1 2 According to Paloma’s mother, “First we […]

Fluzone Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine Approved by FDA for Elderly

Fluzone Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine Approved by FDA for Elderly

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a supplemental Biologics License Application (BLA) for the Fluzone high-dose quadrivalent influenza vaccine for use by adults 65 years of age and older. Fluzone is manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur, Inc. of France.1 2 The Fluzone high-dose influenza vaccine was approved by the FDA in 2009 as […]

Flu Shots May Be Even Less Effective This Year

Flu Shots May Be Even Less Effective This Year

Just as publicity about the need for everyone to get a flu shot ramps up, there are signs that the influenza vaccine for this “flu season” (2019-2020) may be even less effective this year than last year. The strains of the influenza virus selected by the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. health officials for […]

Disabled Child Denied Medical Vaccine Exemption Kicked Out of NY School

Disabled Child Denied Medical Vaccine Exemption Kicked Out of NY School

Nine-year-old Ameer Hamideh has been kicked out of the CHC Learning Center in Buffalo, New York because he does not have all the vaccines mandated by the state of New York for children his age. Ameer, who has cerebral palsy and also suffers from a rare seizure disorder called Lennox Gastaut Syndrome (LGS), cannot get […]

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