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Two women sell roadside refreshments in rural Kano in 2011. Shobana Shankar

What the US could learn about vaccination from Nigeria

Nigeria’s highly mobilized efforts to eliminate polio, and even tackle measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases along the way, may have lessons for the US.
Children are more likely than adults to catch and spread influenza. From shutterstock.com

Kids are more vulnerable to the flu – here’s what to look out for this winter

Children's immune systems are more vulnerable to the flu; even kids who are otherwise healthy can develop complications. The best way to protect children is by having them vaccinated.
They’re not perfect, but flu shots are still good to get. AP Photo/David Goldman

This year the flu came in two waves – here’s why

The 2018-2019 flu season was less deadly than the last. But the pattern of infection was unusual, thanks to the various strains circulating and the way flu shots work over time.
If a Canadian health-care professional believes that an adolescent is a mature minor and has not been vaccinated, they are legally and ethically obliged to provide them with information about vaccination. (Shutterstock)

Vaccination: In Canada, many teenagers don’t need parental consent

In Canada, the age of consent for health-care decisions is assessed on a case-by-case basis. It can be age 14, or sometimes even younger.
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. Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo

What’s wrong with those anti-vaxxers? They’re just like the rest of us

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.
There is no cure for polio, and the vaccine remains the most effective way to combat the disease. Shutterstock

The taming of polio and the challenge of the flu

The polio vaccination successfully eradicated the disease in Canada. Can the same happen with other diseases?
Sheep are among the most common carriers of Q fever. Jorgen Haland/Unsplash

Australia’s drought could be increasing Q fever risk, but there are ways we can protect ourselves

Q fever is a flu-like infection that spreads to people from animals. The bacteria that causes it can withstand harsh environmental conditions – in particular, drought.
Listening to people’s concerns is important when talking to someone who is hesitant about vaccination. From shutterstock.com

Everyone can be an effective advocate for vaccination: here’s how

You don't have to be an expert to be an effective advocate for vaccination. Here are some tips if you find yourself talking to someone who isn't convinced they should vaccinate their kids.
A sign at a clinic in Vancouver, Washington on Jan. 25, 2019 asks unvaccinated children 12 and younger to leave the facility. Gillian Flaccus/AP Photos

Measles: Why it’s so deadly, and why vaccination is so vital

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.
Many parents object to vaccination for religious reasons, while others may file for exemptions for convenience. Africa Studios/Shutterstock.com

A proposal to reduce vaccine exemptions while respecting rights of conscience

Recent measles outbreaks show the dangers of not vaccinating – and the importance of vaccination. Is there a way to accommodate those religiously opposed to vaccination and minimize other exemptions?

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