Terry Roark holds a photo of her son, Thomas, at the state Capitol in Sacramento, California, April 24, 2019, to voice opposition to a bill that would allow state health officials more say in vaccine exemptions.
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As measles cases surge, people blame parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. A sociologist who has studied public health says anti-vaxxers may not be so different from the rest of us.
The majority of people in Australia who haven’t had all the vaccinations they need are adults.
There are many reasons adults might not be up to date with the vaccinations they need. Catching up is easy enough, and vitally important in the fight against infectious diseases.
A risk analysis could offer insight into the anti-vaccination decision of some parents.
An economics risk analysis offers some insight into the modern anti-vaxx movement.
A 6-month-old who is infected with measles in Madagascar, March 2019.
AP Photo/Laetitia Bezain
Scientists identified the general pattern of measles infections as a country moves toward eliminating the disease. This roadmap can help public health workers most efficiently fight and end measles.
One reason for the likes of the anti-vaxxers movement is a misplaced faith in Mother Nature.
Several parents do not want their children vaccinated, for religious or other reasons.
Measles cases in the US have reached their highest in 25 years. A bioethicist argues why parents opposed to vaccination are not just wrong about the science, but about the morals.
Steve Sierzega receives a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y., Wednesday, March 27, 2019.
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The growing number of cases of measles has many people asking: Am I safe? A vaccine expert provides some answers.
Signs in Rockland County, New York telling people about free vaccines in an effort to curb the measles outbreak there.
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As the measles outbreaks spread, public health officials are trying different measures to curb it. Yet there are limits to what they can do as they balance community safety and personal freedom.
Most Canadians support the idea of mandatory vaccination. But unintended consequences could worsen the under-vaccination problem.
Because of the potential drawbacks of forcing people to vaccinate their children, we should take other measures to increase vaccination rates.
Scientific evidence is clear: Vaccination is good for people and society. Online discussions are increasingly reflecting that reality.
Social media activity suggests that pro-vaccine evidence may be starting to outweigh anti-vaxxer disinformation.
Precedents exist for making people have certain vaccines. Perhaps it's time to extend this.
Dr. Roberto Ieraci prepares to vaccinate a child in Rome on Feb. 23, 2018.
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Anti-vaccination sentiment is leading to disastrous consequences, not only in the U.S. but European countries, particularly Italy. A philosopher of science suggests how best to use facts to fight it.
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.
People may unknowingly bring measles back from other countries, including Europe.
We've had the measles vaccine in Australia since 1968, but a two-dose program was only introduced in 1992. And if you haven't had the second dose, you're at risk of contracting measles.
Child ready to receive measles vaccine, Bissau, Guinea-Bissau.
Christine Stabell Benn
Vaccines have 'non-specific effects' that have the potential to save millions of lives.
Vaccine work because they help create herd immunity.
Billboards spreading misinformation on the risks of vaccination have popped up around American cities. A bioethicist explains why decisions not to vaccinate children are indefensible.
Thanks to nonmedical exemptions, vaccination rates are falling in some states.
In 18 states, parents can choose to exempt their children from vaccines for nonmedical 'philosophical' or 'personal belief' reasons.
Cases of measles are on the rise as a cohort of unvaccinated children grows up.
Studies suggest that pregnant women might be influenced by medical myths on social media.
Pregnant women often get medical information from social media and websites, many of which contain misleading and false information about vaccination. Could OB-GYNs help educate them better?