Harris Poll: 45 Percent of Americans Doubt Vaccines are Safe

Harris Poll: 45 Percent of Americans Doubt Vaccines are Safe

A new survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) revealed that 45 percent of Americans have doubts about vaccination. The survey, which was given to more than 2,000 adults, asked two questions. Respondents were asked questions about their views on vaccination and, if they had concerns, what kind […]

Half of Americans Will Be Diagnosed With Cancer by 2030

Half of Americans Will Be Diagnosed With Cancer by 2030

Cancer is an “abnormal growth of cells.” That is perhaps the most succinct description of the disease, which is really more a group of diseases since there are more than 100 types of cancer. Cancer cells are malignant—meaning that they can invade and spread to different parts of the body, forming solid tumors (masses of […]

Former FDA Commissioner Gottlieb Joins Pfizer

Former FDA Commissioner Gottlieb Joins Pfizer

Former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD has joined the board of directors of Pfizer, Inc.—the world’s largest pharmaceutical company and second largest manufacturer of vaccines. Pfizer, which posted total revenues of $53.7 billion in 2018, announced Dr. Gottlieb’s election to the board on June 27, 2019.1 2 3 4 Dr. Gottlieb, […]

Asymptomatic Carriers of Diphtheria Identified in Canadian School

Asymptomatic Carriers of Diphtheria Identified in Canadian School

Story Highlights A case of diphtheria has been confirmed in an elementary school in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Three other people, who are asymptomatic carriers of the bacterial disease have been identified and are being treated in isolation. The diphtheria vaccine is only available as a combination vaccine (DT, Td, DTaP, Tdap) and its effectiveness wanes over […]

Comparing the Health of Children in Japan and America

Comparing the Health of Children in Japan and America

Story Highlights Japanese children are recognized as among the healthiest in the world, while American children compare poorly, despite the U.S. spending more than any other country on health care. Japan’s vaccine policy is non-compulsory, with vaccines considered either “routine” or “voluntary” but never forced. High rates of adverse events following MMR and HPV vaccinations […]

Baby Girl in India Dies Day After Getting the Pentavalent Vaccine

Baby Girl in India Dies Day After Getting the Pentavalent Vaccine

A four-and-a-half-month girl died in India on June 15, 2019 a day after she was given the “five-in-one” pentavalent vaccine (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae type B) at a rural child care center in the village of Kudluru, India.1 2 Soon after she was vaccinated, the baby developed a fever. When the […]

What’s So Effective About a Flu Vaccine That’s Less Than 10 Percent “Effective”?

What’s So Effective About a Flu Vaccine That’s Less Than 10 Percent “Effective”?

Sometimes topics for opinion pieces just fall out of the sky. Last week, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the new estimate for the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine during the second half of the 2018-2019 “flu season” was only nine percent. That’s pretty bad even by influenza vaccine […]

Autism Affecting Up to 1 in 36 Children in America

Autism Affecting Up to 1 in 36 Children in America

In April 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report estimating the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the United States at 1 in 59 children. The figure was based on a 2014 survey of eight-year-old children across 11 residential communities in the country, so clearly it was out of […]

North Carolina Pharmacists Now Can Give Flu Shots to Younger Children

North Carolina Pharmacists Now Can Give Flu Shots to Younger Children

North Carolina’s Governor Roy Cooper signed legislation (HB 388) into law that allows children over 10 years of age to receive the influenza vaccine at local pharmacies without being required to see a pediatrician and without a prescription. The law takes effect on Oct. 1, 2019.1 2 The minimum age at which a child is […]

Infant Boy in India Falls Unconscious and Dies After Vaccination

Infant Boy in India Falls Unconscious and Dies After Vaccination

A one-month-old boy died in Telangana, India on May 11, 2019 shortly after being vaccinated at a rural child care center in the town of Kamareddy. The child’s parents said that the baby became unconscious after receiving the vaccine and they subsequently took him to a private nursing home where physicians there declared him dead […]

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