vaccinations

Are Needle-Free Vaccines In Sight?

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You know it's necessary, but watching baby get poked and prodded can be the toughest part about having her vaccinated. New research from Japan might be able to alleviate your pain, both mental and physical. A team from Osaka University created a dissolvable patch to administer flu vaccines. Tiny (painless) microneedles in the patch penetrate... Read more

One Year Later, Parents' Vaccine Views Are Changing

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Vaccines have taken center stage in the United States this year -- and the more headlines they make, the more parents support them, says a national poll. The National Poll on Children's Health, released by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, asked parents across the United States how their views of vaccinations have changed from 2014... Read more

Vaccines Now Required By Law In California

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A California bill aimed at forcing parents to vaccinate their children has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. Bill SB277, which saw a 25-10 victory in the state senate and cleared the state assembly 46-30, prohibits parents from not vaccinating kids for religious or philosophic beliefs (medical exemptions can still be made). This... Read more

Physicians Fail To Persuade Parents To Vaccinate, Study Finds

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Communication between doctors and parents is essential, but it might not be effective at making change. In light of the resurgence of the vaccine controversy tied to last year's measles outbreak, public health professionals are trying harder than ever to get moree parents on board with immunizations. But studies show educating parents... Read more

A Doctor Explains What the Rubella Eradication Really Means

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Last week, we learned rubella has been eradicated in the Americas. We know what you're thinking: So what? Measles was technically eradicated too. So we decided to learn a little bit more about what this means for you and for baby. First of all, what is rubella? Known as the German measles, rubella manifests... Read more

Vaccinations: What Baby Will Need

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We know it’s painful to watch baby get poked and even worse to hear the inevitable crying, but immunizations are crucial for their health. If baby is extremely sick, then your pediatrician will probably modify the immunization schedule. Otherwise, baby should get vaccinated on a regular basis. Though some children do suffer from mild reactions... Read more

Elmo Gets a Lesson in Vaccinations

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Thanks to Sesame Street, the newest vaccination message is irrefutably adorable. Elmo teamed up with Surgeon General Vivek Murthy for a lesson in immunizations. The video, produced by the Daily Dot and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, features Dr. Murthy educating Elmo on the importance of vaccines. Murthy describes how vaccines work, comparing their... Read more

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

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