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In the US the risk of getting measles or dying from influenza is greater than the risk of getting Ebola. Jaime R Carrero/Reuters

Why you should worry less about Ebola and more about measles

News that a doctor in New York City tested positive for Ebola sparked mandatory quarantine orders for heath workers returning from West Africa in New York and New Jersey last week. The outbreak has killed…
Many adults missed out on vaccines that are routinely given to children today. Shutterstock

Health Check: when do adults need to be immunised?

Most of us will receive the majority of our vaccinations in childhood. But Australian adults still die and become disabled from vaccine-preventable diseases. Immunisations are therefore an important preventive…
The ACCC is taking legal action over claims homeopathic remedies are a safe and effective alternative for the prevention and treatment of whooping cough. Flickr/kh1234567890

ACCC takes legal action over homeopathy claims

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has instituted Federal Court proceedings against a repeat offender over…
Parents need the facts about childhood vaccination. Nonanet.

Anti-vaccination network told to change its name or be shut down

The heated battle between Australia’s anti-vaccine lobby, the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN), and those fighting against its misinformation took a positive turn late last week, with the New South…
Too much urging can backfire and entrench some parents' opposition to vaccination. Flickr/skippytpe

Parents' decisions about vaccination and the art of gentle persuasion

Dr Seuss’ book Green Eggs and Ham is built around the urgings of a weird creature, Sam I Am, who insists the narrator eat the food of its title. When the narrator refuses, Sam issues an ever-widening range…
Three-year-old Lewis Murphy nearly died from whooping cough when he contracted the disease at five-weeks-old. AAP/Petrina Berry

Vaccine-resistant whooping cough takes epidemic to new level

A new strain of whooping cough that appears to be resistant to vaccination could take Australia’s four-year epidemic into…
Children too young for the vaccine or those who haven’t been vaccinated are most at risk from whooping cough. anjanettew/Flickr

Clear and present danger: how best to fight the latest whooping cough outbreak

Even though we’ve had a whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine since the 1950s, the disease is proving difficult to control and beat. Dealing with its resurgence requires clear communication about the importance…
If most people in a community are vaccinated, others are also protected. Sanofil Pasteur

Braving the jab for community immunity

Let’s be clear: immunisations matter. They matter a lot. We all have a complex and ever-changing ecology of microorganisms and parasites inside our bodies and in our community. A recent fatal case of diphtheria…

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