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California Vaccination Bill Moves Forward

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A California bill aimed at forcing parents to vaccinate their children has cleared the state senate. In a 25-10 victory, the bill prohibits parents from not vaccinating kids for religious or philosophic beliefs (medical exemptions can still be made). The next step? The bill will move to the state assembly. This bill is not the... 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

Do Measles Make Disneyland Off-Limits?

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If you’re reading this in the United States, you might be wondering why. Why should measles be on your radar? Virtually eradicated by the 1980s, the ultra-contagious virus is effectively prevented by vaccination. But this month’s Disneyland outbreak brought them back into conversation and people are wondering: is it really safe to visit crowded places... Read more

Pregnant? Here's Why You Need the Flu Shot

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Now that you're pregnant, you're hyperaware of everything that's going into your body. From tuna to Tylenol, you're second-guessing everything. But a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you shouldn't think twice about a flu shot. The March of Dimes backs the report,... 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