Young boy receiving polio vaccine.
A bit of humility can go a long way.
A sign at a clinic in Vancouver, Washington on Jan. 25, 2019 asks unvaccinated children 12 and younger to leave the facility.
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A measles outbreak is causing major concern in a Washington county where only 22 percent of children are vaccinated against the disease. A vaccine expert explains the risks.
Rubella has been eliminated in Australia, but it still exists in other countries.
Thanks to successful vaccination programs, Australia has just been declared free of rubella. Continued vigilance is important to make sure it doesn't come back.
Cases of measles are on the rise as a cohort of unvaccinated children grows up.
In this 2012 photo, a midwife holds a newborn baby boy she has just delivered by flashlight in Guinea-Bissau. The African country is one of the deadliest places in the world to give birth, with a high rate of maternal death.
(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
It's not just women in impoverished countries dying in childbirth. The maternal death rate in both Canada and the U.S. has risen, particularly among Indigenous and African-American women.
A polio patient in an iron lung, 1940.
Vaccination is not to be taken for granted.
Cow’s milk … blamed for autism.
We need to stop playing the blame game.
In the past year, 3,300 cases of measles were reported in Europe. Most of them were entirely preventable.
From Netflix docuseries Making a Murderer.
Documentaries are vital vehicles for explaining the world.
Many women in African countries who are medically required to have caesarean sections aren't able to access them due to weak health systems and a lack of resources.
For some parents, the decision to vaccinate requires more than just objective evidence.
Whilst most parents do vaccinate, health professionals often find it difficult to talk with those who are hesitant or decline. A new resource provides information and communication support.
We can't keep blaming the MMR-autism scare – there are other forces at play.
From January, conscientious objectors to vaccine will lose up to $15,000 of childcare and family tax rebates.
Australia is unique in using parental financial incentives for immunisation.
Not irrational, but serious trust issues.
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Despite the availability of a safe, effective vaccine, measles outbreaks continue to occur throughout the world.
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