Thursday March 2, 2017
Those annual state test scores. Graduation rates. The daily lunch menu. Texas parents have the right to all kinds of information about their children’s schools. Yet somehow the public transparency ends when it comes to their children’s health. No one gives them any information about how many of the students at their school are vaccinated. There’s nowhere to go look it up.
Thursday February 23, 2017
As it does each year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its new guidelines for what types of vaccines are needed, how often and at what point in life. The sets of guidelines, for adults and for children, are based on the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (or ACIP), which three times a year examines the latest research on vaccinations.
Thursday February 16, 2017
The debate about vaccine laws usually revolves around rules that require children to be vaccinated before entering school. But in fact, there are many other kinds of vaccine laws that help protect and educate communities, without requiring anyone to get a shot.
Thursday February 9, 2017
Of all the routine childhood vaccinations, the MMR vaccine--against measles, mumps and rubella--has been subject to the most attack after a discredited paper was published and later retracted.
Thursday February 2, 2017
Medical science has made tremendous strides against cancer. There are more effective treatments, often with fewer side effects. Advances have been made in screening for earlier cancer detection. But let’s not forget about a third method of fighting cancer—by preventing it in the first place.