Thursday February 1, 2018
Carol Roach is used to hearing all the arguments against vaccines. She’s been hearing them from her own mother since she was a little girl. What she finds hard to believe is that, despite decades of proof otherwise, the same arguments keep surfacing.
Thursday January 25, 2018
During this difficult start to the flu season, with emergency rooms overwhelmed by new cases, it is dismaying to see so much public misunderstanding of the flu shot. Even with what appear to be lower-than-usual effectiveness levels, the vaccine still has the potential to prevent millions of cases. Importantly, in a year when the problematic H3N2 strain appears to be prevalent, getting the flu shot also can mean having a milder case of the disease.
Wednesday January 24, 2018
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, a month that has brought more promising news about cervical cancer over the years. Studies have found the vaccine against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus to be highly effective in combating the virus, which could mean drastically reducing the numbers of cases of related cancers.
Thursday January 4, 2018
The state of Washington has dramatically decreased the number of parents who aren’t vaccinating their children while still allowing them the option of non-medical exemptions.
Thursday December 21, 2017
It’s still the early part of flu season, and already this potentially serious illness is having a real impact on Texas. Figures reported this month by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed Texas as having among the highest rates of flu in the nation. Only two states – Louisiana and Mississippi – were worse off. The state has already suffered its first pediatric flu death.