Maine Residents Could Restore Vaccine Exemptions by Popular Vote on March 3 Ballot

Maine Residents Could Restore Vaccine Exemptions by Popular Vote on March 3 Ballot

On May 24, 2019, Maine’s House of Representatives passed a bill (LD798) removing religious and philosophical vaccine exemptions to block Maine residents from getting an education in a public, private, parochial or trade school or enrolling in educational courses online. The bill also removed vaccine exemptions for students to attend colleges and universities, and barred […]

Is a Bill Requiring Your Children to Get Every CDC Recommended Vaccination Coming to Your State?

Is a Bill Requiring Your Children to Get Every CDC Recommended Vaccination Coming to Your State?

As vaccine-related bills are being introduced into state legislatures this month, a bill (HB1090) has been proposed in the Virginia legislature to require school children to receive every dose of all current and future vaccines added to the recommended childhood vaccine schedule by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) appointed by the U.S. Centers […]

“Little Women” Movie Spurs Interest in Scarlet Fever

“Little Women” Movie Spurs Interest in Scarlet Fever

Little Women, the 19th century coming of age movie directed by Greta Gerwig currently showing in theaters nationwide, has moviegoers searching for information about scarlet fever. Beth, the youngest of the four March sisters, dies of complications of the infection at the climax of the movie. Scarlet fever is a bacterial infection caused by the […]

Ticks, Mammal Vaccine Ingredients and Alpha-gal Allergy

Ticks, Mammal Vaccine Ingredients and Alpha-gal Allergy

Alpha-gal syndrome (AGS), the delayed, potentially fatal red meat allergy acquired through tick bites, has increased dramatically in the United States, and cases have also been reported in Sweden, Germany and Australia.1 As of 2013, more than 5,000 people in the Southwest U.S. have been diagnosed with the condition.2 In 2007, Scott Commins, MD, an […]

The Media’s Obsession With the ‘Debunked’ Lancet Study

The Media’s Obsession With the ‘Debunked’ Lancet Study

How many times have you read or heard about the “debunked”1 2 3 study published in the British medical journal The Lancet in 1998 that described “gastrointestinal and developmental regression in a group of previously normal children?”4 Probably lots of times, particularly if you follow the debate on the safety of vaccines and the ethics of mandatory vaccination. […]

Samoa Measles Emergency Extended

Samoa Measles Emergency Extended

On Dec. 20, 2019, the government of Samoa announced that 94 percent of the island nation’s population of about 200,000 people had been vaccinated against measles as part of a government-led mandatory, mass vaccination campaign. As of Dec. 20, the Samoan Ministry of Health (MOH) had confirmed 5,463 reported cases with 1,762 hospitalizations and 78 […]

Indonesia: Measles, Chickenpox Kill Dozens of Children

Asmat tribe in Papua. Barely alive. Their bodies exhausted and weak from hunger and disease. Undernourished, they’re battling against outbreaks of measles and chickenpox. Military medical teams have arrived in some remote areas. Maria Epam and her husband Linus had to travel for five hours and their six-month-old daughter would not survive. Our daughter has […]

Measles in Samoa: Why are So Many Dying?

Measles in Samoa: Why are So Many Dying?

A total of 72 people have died in Samoa during the current outbreak of measles there that began in mid-October. Most of the deaths have involved children under five years of age. U.S. and global media outlets have been following this story closely, providing regular updates on the number of people in Samoa who have […]

Vitamin A Shipped to Samoa 

Vitamin A Shipped to Samoa 

Health officials in Samoa, assisted by international health organizations, have struggled to manage a surge in measles and apparent deaths from measles on the impoverished island since the first laboratory confirmed cases were reported in September 2019.  A state of emergency was declared on November 15, and by December 11, 4995 measles cases had been recorded, […]

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, […]

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