Thursday October 19, 2017
The lesser-known benefit of vaccines: For many of them, even if the vaccinated person gets the disease, it’s a much milder case. When it comes to potentially debilitating diseases like shingles, that can mean a lot.
Tuesday October 10, 2017
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists several studies that found the flu vaccine was safe for pregnant women and their babies. Among those is a 2013 study showing no increased risk of miscarriage for pregnant women who got the flu shot. Yet neither that study nor the others made any big headlines.
Thursday October 5, 2017
The news is unsurprising, but nonetheless disturbing: Research published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) indicates that the increase in measles cases in the United States, and outbreaks in recent years, are mostly caused by declining rates of vaccination.
Thursday September 28, 2017
The facts are all on the side of vaccines. The science has been done many times over, and it clearly shows that vaccines save millions of lives every year. They do not cause autism. Any side effects are uncommon and almost always minor. Why, then, does it seem so hard to persuade people who are hesitant or skeptical about immunization?
Thursday September 21, 2017
Who would have guessed that vaccines might play a key role – several key roles -- in reducing our reliance on antibiotics?