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Measles Pose Threat to Unvaccinated Infants

Children and adults who remain unvaccinated and develop measles put others in their community at risk. Credit: Getty Images The United States has been hit by the worst measles outbreak since 1996, posing a threat to infants too young...U.S. seeing worst measles outbreak since 1996.

Australian Parents Pay the Price for Doubting Vaccines

Australia has a full-blown epidemic on its hands. Credit: AFP/Getty Images As cases of whooping cough are spreading in the land Down Under, Australian doctors are warning parents of newborn babies to keep their children home. The...Country in the grip of whooping cough epidemic, largely the result of boycotting vaccines.

Nearly 25 Percent of Moms and Dads Say They Put 'Some Trust' in Celeb Parenting Advice

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In a survey, 24 percent of parents say they place "some trust" in information provided by celebrities such as Jenny McCarthy. Credit: Getty Images Looking for a little medical advice about your kid?...
Do you trust Jenny McCarthy when it comes to parenting advice?

Vaccine Exemptions for Religious Reasons May Face Stricter Guidelines in N.J.

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New Jersey laws may be getting stricter with regard to religious exemption from required vaccines. Credit: Getty With the autism-vaccine connection disproved last year, you would think fewer...
Religious vaccine exemptions may face stricter guidelines in New Jersey.

Childhood Vaccines May Reduce the Risk of Cancer, Study Says

Study shows the hepatitis B vaccine may reduce the risk of kids getting one form of leukemia. Credit: Getty Childhood vaccines actually prevent (wait for it, wait for it) childhood diseases. Wow. Who woulda thunk it? Certainly...Contrary to hysterical belief, childhood vaccines prove to be a good thing.

Doctor Who Linked Autism to Vaccines Accused of 'Deliberate Fraud'

With the retraction of the MMR-autism study, there is no scientific evidence linking the two. Credit: Getty If you're one of the increasing number of parents who cite "conscientious objection" to have the measles, mumps, rubella...A new report shows link between vaccines and autism was actually an elaborate hoax.

Do You Vaccinate Your Children?

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December 6 is Family Vaccination Day, which is part of the fourth annual National Influenza Vaccination Week. The focus here is on the flu vaccine, but of course there are many other shots out...
Do you vaccinate your children against the flu and other diseases?

Dipping Vaccination Rates Putting More Kids at Risk

Skipping a vaccine now could lead to major health problems later. Credit: George Frey, Getty Images
Tyler Lundlum's story is one of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Two years ago, the then 10-year-old boy contracted meningococcal...
The number of children enrolled in private health plans getting properly immunized declined by as much as 3.5 percent last year, according to a recent report.

Did Your Kids Get a Flu Shot?

We know they hate needles, but will you get your kids the flu shot? Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images We haven't heard much about H1N1, aka swine flu, this season. But it's still out there, as is the good old regular flu virus. ...

News Flash: Jenny McCarthy Is Not, In Fact, a Scientist

Jenny McCarthy speaks at a 2008 Washington, D.C., rally calling for healthier vaccines. Credit: Brendan Hoffman, Getty Images
You hear the rooster crow. You see the sun come up. The cause-and-effect relationship here is obvious. All hail the...
Children may be getting fewer vaccines, based on expert advice from former Playboy playmate.

Safety of Vaccines and Medications Tops List of Priorities for Parents

Parents want more research done on the safety of children's vaccines. Credit: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images
Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent each year on medical research related to children's health issues, yet parents have little or no...
When asked, nearly nine out of 10 parents rate research on the safety of vaccines, and effectiveness and safety of medicines, as the most important topics regarding children's health, according to a recent poll.

Vaccination Rates Remain High for Young Children

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The vast majority of young children in the United States continue to receive routine vaccines, a new report says. Immunization rates for children between the ages of 19 and 35 months remained at or higher than 90 percent...
The vast majority of young children in the United States continue to receive routine vaccines, a new report says.

More U.S. Teens Getting Recommended Vaccines, Report Finds

A little pinch now can prevent a big illness later on. Credit: Getty Images
Just because your teens aren't little anymore doesn't mean they aren't susceptible to a host of fully-preventable diseases. And, as August is National Immunization...

California Faces Worst Whooping Cough Epidemic in 50 Years

California medical officials are urging residents to get booster shots for whooping cough, as the state is in the midst of the largest outbreak in over 50 years. Credit: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images
California's medical community grew concerned...

Whooping Cough Vaccine Safe, Researchers Insist

Flyers in several languages urging whooping cough vaccinations are seen at a recent news conference by the CDC, to publicize a recent, sharp increase in the number of whooping cough cases reported in California. Credit: Reed Saxon, AP ...

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