immunizations

For Kristen Bell, Parenthood Changed Everything

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There's a lot of things you're "definitely going to do" with your hypothetical kids. Eat organic, for instance. Or never let them play video games. Then you actually become a parent. For Kristen Bell, changing viewpoints involved vaccinations. "I thought I would be anti-vaccination before I had kids," she tells Good... Read more

How Australia is Cracking Down on Anti-Vaxxers

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Not one to tiptoe around controversial topics, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott addressed the growing anti-vaccination movement yesterday by announcing a cutoff of welfare and childcare rebates for parents who opt out of vaccinating their kids. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that starting January 1, 2016, "conscientious objectors" to immunization will no longer receive childcare... Read more

Do You Really Need to Panic About Measles?

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As measles continues to spread, so does the level of concern. And with the latest news of the outbreak at a Chicago daycare, parents are among the most worried. But rest assured: if your child is vaccinated, you've done all you can in terms of prevention. And to quell your fears (and our own!) we talked... Read more

Will the Measles Outbreak Persuade More Parents to Vaccinate?

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The debate over whether or not to vaccinate is nothing new. But if you think the Disneyland measles outbreak -- and its media coverage -- might prompt parents who don't vaccinate to reconsider their stance, the opposite might actually be happening. "The social and political conflicts we’ve seen emerge over the outbreak threaten to... Read more

​Another Study Confirms That It’s Safe to Vaccinate

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It's been a hot topic for a while, and another study confirms definitively that vaccines are not only safe -- they're necessary. Though a small group of vocal anti-vaccine activists have suggested that immunizations are linked with autism, a collection of over 20,000 scientific titles and 67 papers put the kibosh on their protestations. Doctors, therefore,... Read more

Whooping Cough Sweeps Through CA — Here’s How to Protect Baby

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Within the last two weeks, 800 cases of pertussis -- or whooping cough -- have been reported in California, bringing the yearly total so far up to 3,458. And that's just reported cases. We have an epidemic on our hands. Infants and young babies are especially vulnerable; about half of babies with whooping cough need to... Read more

Delaying Baby’s Vaccines Is Sometimes Risky (Sometimes Not!) Says Study

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You know there's a recommended vaccine schedule, but did you ever wonder what would happen if you missed one of the recommended shots? Or if you delayed a shot? Well, one of the risks of getting them late is seizures. And a new study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics journal... Read more